E-SAFETY & staying safe online
The digital or ‘online’ world is a very exciting and ever-changing experience for both our students and ourselves. The potential and real dangers of the Internet and other forms of digital communication is constantly there and developing in new and unexpected ways.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-safety message is always consistent, reliable and useful. It is important that parents are able to speak freely to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Setting a good example and maintaining a good online reputation is critical in this day and age for a better and brighter future whatever your future prospects are.
At Highcrest, we are passionately committed to educating all our students by making them aware of the advantages, potential dangers and pitfalls of being online. We provide learning opportunities about cyberbullying, social media and e-safety in a series of lessons, quizzes and assemblies to all year groups. We also provide regular e-safety tips and suggestions in our weekly student and parent bulletins that are beneficial to everyone.
You will find more useful information on the following websites:
- Budget Direct - Digital Safety: Staying Safe Online
- Childline - Online and Mobile Safety
- Internet Matters - Keeping Children Safe
- Internet Watch Foundation
- KidSMART - Stay Safe Online (SMART)
- MyTutor - Teaching Online Safety
- NSPCC - Keeping Children Safe Online
- Social Animal - Social Media Etiquette
- SWGfl (South West Grid for Learning)
- Thames Valley Police - Cyber crime
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- Virgin Media - Children's Online Safety Test
Presentations and quizzes:
- Thames Valley Police Online Safety Parent's Information
- Thames Valley Police Online Safety & Social Media Presentation
- The Highcrest Academy Annual E-Safety Evening Presentation
- Mr Jones's Big E-Safety Quiz (June 2022)
- Mr Jones's Big E-Safety Quiz (December 2022)
Good books on cybersecurity and staying safe online: