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Staying Safe On-Line

Staying Safe Online: Advice for Parents and Carers

Online safety has become increasingly important as students now have access to the internet through their phones, computers, music devices, smart TV’s and games consoles.  They spend a lot of time online socialising and playing games with online with friends, often people they have not met in person.  They often upload personal details and share photos and video with their online friends.  If you are worried about their safety whilst accessing the internet please read through the advice on this page, there are also links to pages that provide more detailed advice and support to parents / carers of young people.

First of all, it is worth noting that there are some fantastic benefits of using the internet, especially sites that support with education.  At Newland, we encourage out students to log onto their Google Classroom to find lessons, homework and support from their teachers.  We also encourage out students to log onto learning sites such as Seneca Learning, Doddle, My Maths and BBC Bite size to name just a few.  If used safely, the internet is a great place for students to keep in touch with their friends, improve their learning and develop skills that will support them in life and improve their achievements.

Keeping young people safe online

The Do’s and Don’ts 

  • Don’t allow them to give out personal information e.g. full name, home address, school, mobile number or personal email.
  • Do keep your computer in a place where you can see what they are accessing.
  • Do remind them that everyone they meet online is a stranger even though they might seem like a friend.
  • Do encourage them to never meet up with someone they make friends with online. But if they do then make sure they take along an adult you trust and meet in a public place.
  • Do explain that they shouldn’t accept emails or open files from people they don’t know. They may contain viruses, nasty messages or annoying links to things you don’t want them to see.
  • Do be aware that your child may as likely be an online bully, as be a target of online bullying. Be alert to your child seeming upset after using the internet or their mobile phone.
  • Do talk to your child so they know they can come to you if they run into any problems. Your continued involvement is the best way of keeping your child safe.
  • Do make clear what content and behaviour is acceptable and check that sites are age appropriate.
  • Do consider using filtering software and agree ground rules about what services you are happy for your child to use.

Remote Learning 

At Newland, we understand that remote learning may be an unusual situation for some for parents / carers.  However, we do encourage remote learning as this is a way for our students to keep up with their learning, by either attending remote lessons in real time or by competing the work set for them by their teachers.  All our work is set through the Google Classroom, students have an online classroom for all their subjects.  Google Meets have been set up by our teaching staff, these have been sent to students via their school email and can be accessed via their calendar, and this will show their lessons for each day. 

Further support for parents can be accessed through the following website links:

Government Site
This website provides Coronavirus support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
Online safety tips for parents (11-13 year old)
Online safety tips for parents (14 + year old)
Think u Know
This is an education program from CEOP that protects both children online and offline. There are links for students and for parents / carers.