A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

Online Safety

Shobnall Primary & Nursery School understands that using online services is an important aspect of raising educational standards, promoting pupil achievement, and enhancing teaching and learning. The use of online services is embedded throughout the school; therefore, there are a number of controls in place to ensure the safety of pupils and staff.

The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but they can be categorised into four areas of risk:

  • Content: Being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material, e.g. fake news, self-harm, and discriminatory  views.
  • Contact: Being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users, e.g. peer pressure, commercial advertising, and adults posing as children or young adults with the intention to groom or exploit children.
  • Conduct: Personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm, e.g. sending and receiving explicit messages, and cyberbullying.
  • Commerce: Risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and/or financial scams.

The measures implemented to protect pupils and staff revolve around these areas of risk. Our school has created a policy and age-appropriate curriculum with the aim of ensuring appropriate and safe use of the internet and other digital technology devices by all pupils and staff. 

What can parents do?

  • CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) has a dedicated website which covers all aspects of online safety. There are age relevant sections and specific areas for parents/carers containing games, videos and lots of advice and support to help you and your child learn how to stay safe online. They are also there to help you if things do go wrong.
  • We recommend that you take a look at the links below, and revisit them regularly.  Remember, technology is changing all the time, and the best way you can help your child stay safe is to keep up to date with these changes. We have also produced a handy guide for parents to online safety, which you can download from this page. The latest safety tips are also available on our weekly newsletter.

Policies & Procedures

Please click on the links below to access the relevant policies and procedures relating to online safety at Shobnall Primary and Nursery School.

NHS – Mental Health Helplines

MIND – Parenting with a mental health problem

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2022 is on Tuesday 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

Safer Internet Day inspires a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. 

Each year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores a new issue or theme which is impacting the lives of young people in the UK. For 2022 the Day celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet and the ways they are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. The platforms young people use are spaces for connection, community and collaboration, which is why the Day challenges them to foster supportive relationships and respectful communities, whilst equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves and others safe in these spaces.

Speaking with young people is key to exploring their experiences on platforms where they can play games, interact with their peers and others, and take part in ‘live’ experiences such as video streaming. These platforms play such an important and positive role, providing young people with the means to interact with friends and as a great pastime, particularly during lockdowns. 

However, there are some emerging safety issues in these spaces as well as issues young people have been navigating for some time; particularly the lack of respect individuals display towards each other, groups ‘ganging up’ against other groups, and the sense that it is easy to ‘get away’ with negative behaviour such as meanness, bullying and swearing. They speak about hate directed at particular groups, particularly LGBT+ users, and misogyny on gaming platforms. They tell us the apparent lack of consequences for negative behaviour has an impact on their safety and wellbeing. 

We need to address these issues so that all young people understand what constitutes respectful behaviour online, and know what to do if they encounter hate or bullying directed at them or someone else.

Please visit the UK Safer Internet Centre for further advice for parents and carers.

Online Safety Meeting for Parents

Social Media Awareness & Further Resources for Parents

Following the national school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleagues in our partner services have seen a rise in reports of online bullying and incidents occurring over social media.

Please click on the links below to find further information regarding age restrictions on social media/apps and also a document from Staffordshire Police with further information about some apps that are popular with children as well as some further sources of support and information.

NSPCC & O2 have launched a campaign to illustrate how innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results.