You can access our Online Safety Policy on our School Policies webpage here.
When it comes to online safety we all want our children to be safe. In reality being safe on the internet can be difficult. As parents what can you really do?
See the latest advice for Summer online safety from the 'Lancashire Safeguarding Board' here.
See our Online Safety letter January 2018 here.
Internet of Things (IoT)
What is the Internet of Things? What does it mean for me and what do I need to be aware of to help protect me and my family? Find out an explanation here.
Fortnite - May 2018
Please follow the link below for some guidance from O2 and the NSPCC particularly focussing on a free online game which has become extremely popular amongst young people. Fortnite which is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, iOS and Android is an online multiplayer game that has become a worldwide phenomenon since it launched a free ‘Battle Royale’ mode that allows up to 100 players fight it out ‘Hunger Games’ style until there’s just one person left. The NSPCC and O2 have launched new advice for parents amid concerns over the game function that automatically allows users to speak to other players through voice and text chat functions. It means children can be contacted by anyone else who is playing the game. Users can disable voice chat in the game via the settings menu, but the text chat function cannot be turned off. I have attached an email link to the guidance from the NSPCC about the game and how parents can help their child to stay safe when playing games online.
We know that Fortnite is extremely popular amongst many of our students but we want to ensure that they are also aware of the potential dangers of such games and what they can do to help them themselves stay safe. I hope you find this information useful.
Angela Wilson - Deputy Headteacher
Here are Balshaw’s Seven Safer Internet Tips:
- Talk to your child about their favourite sites, this can lead into a chat on online safety. Keep talking about it! As your child gets older you will need to broach topics like sexting, grooming etc.
- If your child uses social media, talk to them about who can see their information, their privacy settings, how to block and report unwanted things they see
- Encourage them to only be friends with people they know in real life
- Remind your child that showing respect for others online is just as important as showing it offline. Encourage them to think before they post and encourage them to show positive behaviour online
- If they see, or are a victim of cyberbullying, encourage them to save or screenshot all evidence
- If something they have seen or been sent is troubling them make sure they know to tell an adult that they trust if something upsets them online
- Consider parental controls and filtering at your home and also on your child’s portable internet enabled devices
If you still need more information here are some useful help sheets from the CEOP website:
Select the logo below to access the Parent Info site that has expert infromation to help children and young people stay safe:
You can also find support and information on the ChildLine website.
Other Useful Website Links
CEOP THINK U KNOW - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
CEOP THINK U KNOW Concerned about your child?: Abuse and Exploitation - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Concerned-about-your-child/worried-your-child-is-being-sexually-abused/
CEOP THINK U KNOW Concerned about your child?: Sex and relationships - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Concerned-about-your-child/worried-about-your-child-the-internet-and-sex/
CEOP THINK U KNOW Live Streaming - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources/live-streaming/
CEOP THINK U KNOW Parents Site- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
CEOP THINK U KNOW Reporting to social media sites - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Reporting-to-social-media-sites-/
Childnet International Parents and Carers - http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
CSM - 5 Tips for dealing with online bullying - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBX4rYAAS54
cyber[smart:] - https://esafety.gov.au/
Digital Parenting - http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html#
I Dare You - Take This Lollipop is an interactive live action video experience that connects to your Facebook account. To view the full experience, you will need to grant permissions to access your Facebook account. Go ahead, take this lollipop. - http://www.takethislollipop.com/
Internet Matters.org - https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/
Lancashire Constabulary - https://www.lancashire.police.uk/
Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board - Online Safeguarding for Parents & Carers - http://www.lancashiresafeguarding.org.uk/online-safeguarding/parents-and-carers.aspx
LSCB Pokemon GO: Top Tips for Parents and Carers - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide/
NWG Network - http://www.nwgnetwork.org/
NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
NSPCC - A parents' guide to being Share Aware - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/search/?query=a+parents+guide+to+being+share+aware
NSPCC NetAware - https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
NSPCC Share Aware - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/
O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline - http://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc/helpline
SafeToNet - https://safetonet.com/
SWGFL - Online Safety Guidance for Parents - https://swgfl.org.uk/products-services/online-safety-new-new/online-safety/resources/online-safety-guidance-for-parents/
Trusted - http://www.trusted2know.co.uk/
UK Safer Internet Centre - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
UK Safer Internet - Social Media Checklists - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/teachers-and-school-staff/teaching-resources/social-media-checklists
UK Safer Internet - So you got naked online - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/teachers-and-professionals/teaching-resources/sexting-resources
YPS Child Sexual Exploitation Advice Booklet - this was designed for students by students from St. Augustine's RC High School in Billington, Clitheroe.
Safety in Numbers Leaflet
Please look at this leaflet for lots of useful information about being safe:
Finally if you are still concerned please feel able to contact the school for further help or guidance.