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Being safe online is essential for young people.  At school students are taught about online safety both through PSHCE lessons and through the IT curriculum. However, it is essential that parents actively engage with their children about their online activity to ensure that they stay safe.  The following websites provide useful advice to both students and parents about online safety.

If student has any concerns they should speak to their Tutor, Head of Achievement or one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers - Miss Hunter, Mrs Noctor or Mr Grantham.

Students can also use the email.


The internet is amazing. You can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities however it is important to take control of the technology, be responsible and stay safe.


Be S.M.A.R.T and prevent problems before they happen

Safe: Keep safe and be careful not to give out personal information to unknown and unsolicited requests.

Meeting: Don’t arrange to meet strangers you have met online by yourself, make sure you take someone with you.

Accepting: Don’t accept unsolicited online requests, emails, files – they can be a source of viruses and scams.

Reliable: Make sure the web sites you use, and information you get, are reliable.

Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.


Remember to check your 4 Cs

Content: What you access, download, share and post online.

Contact: Who you contact, meet and chat with online.

Conduct: How you conduct and behave yourself online.

Commerce: How you protect yourself against online scams.


Report any concerns

If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online, tell a parent, a tutor, a carer or a trusted adult or email

If you believe that you, your family or friends or other students are a victim of any online threats, scams or crimes, please report it immediately.


Further information to help stay safe online