Online safety is important to us here at Bradstow School. The three core ways in which we promote safe use is via.
- Use of technology - In the form of but not limited to internet content filtering, and secure filtered email services, protecting personal data, anonymised student email, managed internet content, restricted access to social media.
- Policies and practices - All staff are inducted and trained in Online Safety and in the acceptable use of ICT equipment.
- Education and training - Staff are made aware of their responsibilities to keep young people safe online, through training sessions using materials such as this:
- Online safety resources are available for parents and carers to access online from home. Children and young people have access to the E-Safety materials contained within the computing package provided by the online resource - Education City. Children and Young people are taught key values regarding online safety which are reinforced by posters that can be found throughout the school.
Here are just a few examples :
On Friday the 10th of June we held an assembly where online safety was promoted. The ICT coordinator gave an interactive presentation to the children and young people of Bradstow School on the importance of staying safe whilst online. The presentation is now available for classes and homes to use freely to encourage safe internet use.
Please click below to see the slides from the presentation.
Child Safety on YouTube
The factsheet link below gives useful advice to parents/carers on YouTube and how to help ensure children and young people in their care stay as safe as possible:
Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine
Vodafone produce an annual digital parenting magazine available for free online.
The latest issue includes articles about cyberbullying, sexting and extremism. It brings together advice from academics, psychologists and other experts to help keep young people safe in the digital world.
The current issue is available to be read online here.
Online Safety Links
Want to learn more about Online Safety?
Please click on the links below to access recommended Online Safety resources:
"On the internet"
"On the internet is a learning to read book aimed at children aged 4 and above.
The large bright illustrations show all the different ways that the internet can be used for.
You can find "On the internet" here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/a-learning-to-read-bookOther childnet books for younger children include:
Smarty the penguin:
https://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguinDigiduck's Big Decision:
"Step Up, Speak Up"
Almost half of 13-17 year olds have witnessed their peers editing photos of someone to make them sexual e.g. placing sexual emojis over them or adding different faces to pornographic images.
A practical campaign toolkit to address the issue of online sexual harassment amongst young people aged 13 – 17 years.
Online sexual harassment is unwanted sexual conduct on any digital platform and it is recognised as a form of sexual violence. It encompasses a wide range of behaviours that use digital content (images, videos, posts, messages, pages) on a variety of different platforms (private or public).
This toolkit specifically focuses on peer-to-peer online sexual harassment taking place between young people.
Step Up, Speak Up! includes a range of resources for young people and the professionals who work with them, including teachers, pastoral teams, senior school leadership and police forces.
Further details can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/step-up-speak-up
Social Media and Cyber-advice Posters (PDSC/ChildSafeVPN)
Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by the police, who believe that the majority of cyber crime can be prevented by taking a few simple steps.
PDSC partners, ChildsafeVPN has created a set of useful infographics about cyber-safety aspects of the main apps and sites that young people may come across.
These posters may be particularly useful for parents.
You can download the posters here:
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger
The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
We know that finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right now. We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.
It is free and confidential to text our service from the following major networks:
EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.
These include - BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, iD Mobile, Sky, Telecom Plus, Lebara and GiffGaff. Some Android phones issue a warning that you will be charged for texting us, provided you are on one of these networks this warning is incorrect and you will not be charged. If you text us from a network that is not on this list there is a possibility that you may be charged for the messages and that they may appear on your bill, this is because some networks do not provide the capability to message short codes.
For more information: