Social media across society is increasingly used and is becoming more recognised as a valuable tool for communication. The open nature of the internet means that social networking sites can leave professionals and students vulnerable if they fail to follow simple precautions.
A social networking site is any website which allows users to create accounts/profiles, form relationships and share information with other users. It also includes sites, which have online discussion forums, such as chat rooms or blogs. Social media includes, but is not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tik-Tok, YouTube, House Party and Linked-In.
Although our school rules state that students are not able to use their mobile phones in school during the school day, they do have them with them so we are aware that this brings about the potential for safeguarding and bullying incidents to occur through electronic devices while students are at school in our care.
Click here for student ICT Acceptable use policy
Information and guidance about keeping children safe online and what to do should issues occur can be found here:
Click here to view a guide to making the Internet safer for children
Click here for resources for parents, carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online
Click here to view a guide to making the online world safer for kids and their families (Family Online Safety Institute)
Click here for a Protecting Kids Online article with very helpful tips you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online
Click here to view a guide to online parental controls
Click here to see the latest guidance for parents regarding live streaming
Click here to view the latest NSPCC warning on dating apps for teenagers
Click here to view the latest information from NSPCC on how parents can help keep their children safe online
Click here to view the latest safetynetkids information on staying safe online
Click here to view the NSPCC online safety page
Click here to view the NSPCC Net Aware page
Click here to view the ThinkUKnow page with information and advice for children of all ages, parents and teachers
Click here to view the Safer Internet Centre parent guide to technology
Click here to view TheBestVPN Parents Guide to Protecting Kids Online
Click here to view Parents Drug Presentation