Internet Safety

The internet and the online world can be an amazing resource and tool for communication, information and enjoyment. However, it also has inherent risks that can be of great concern for parents and carers. Mill Green is a community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing learning, encourages responsible use of ICT, and follows agreed policies to minimise potential e-safety risks. We ensure that young people are are regularly taught about how to stay safe and behave online and we want to ensure that our parents and carers have that same opportunity.

If you have a concern and the information on or linked to this page that does not help then please contact the school using our [email protected] email address or call the office and they will put you in contact with the correct person to deal with your concern.

On this page, you will find a range of useful resources, website links and information about how to keep young people and yourself safer online

  • CyberFirst highlights some of the most common cyber scams and malicious activity that a pre-teen and teenage internet user might come across and empowers them to make choices to keep themselves more secure online.
  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
  • NSPCC has advice on setting up parental controls, tips on how to talk to children about online safety, including the risk of sharing and receiving nude images and how to support children if they have seen something online that has upset them
E-Safety in School

As part of the ICT curriculum, students learn about what information should not be shared in a public domain. As well as this, students are educated about Internet etiquette and guidelines that should be adhered to on social networking sites. PSHE is also a key area where students are educated about E-Safety, the dangers associated with Internet browsing and the consequences of inappropriate behaviour online. Students are also taught to recognise the importance of privacy settings to ensure important information cannot be accessed by unknown individuals.

Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximize digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

For more information, please click here to access the Creative Commons website

Social Networking

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter continue to grow in terms of its popularity especially with children, some as young as 7 or 8 years old.  Please click on the links below which aim to provide support regarding a range of key topics in relation to social networking.

Laws about online behaviour [PDF]

Top E-Safety Tips For Parents [PDF]

Leaflet giving advice about the safe use of Social Networking sites [PDF]

Facebook Checklist to promote online safety [PDF]

Privacy settings on Social Networking sites [PDF]

Video chats and webcams [PDF]

Top Tips

Parents and Carers

  1. Ensure the computer is kept in an area of the house, where it is easier to monitor what young people are accessing online.
  2. Make the most of Internet filtering software and use your web browser’s controls to enable security on different websites.
  3. Inform children not to share their personal information online.
  4. Create a “code of conduct” policy where young people are involved in creating rules which must be abided by when using the Internet at home.
  5. Be online together! Browsing the Internet with your child and being involved in their ‘online world’ will promote online safety.

Parent Guides:

Young People
  1. Do not post any personal information online including your phone number, address, passwords or your school.
  2. SPEAK UP! If you viewed something online that made you anxious, unsafe or uncomfortable, please speak to an adult that you trust.
  3. If you do not know someone, why are they “your online friend” or “follower”?
  4. Privacy settings should always be kept to a maximum. Use the search engines on social networking websites to find out how to do this.
  5. Think carefully when “posting” or “sharing” a photo online. Remember, once a photo is posted online, people will be able to share or download the photo.

#Ditto – An online magazine by E-Safety Advisor.com. Click here for the latest edition.

Websites and Phone Numbers

Phone Numbers

  • Childline – 0800 1111
  • StopitNow – 0800 1000900

Talking to your child about online safety

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/

Online Wellbeing

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-wellbeing/

Parental Controls

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/

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