Online Safety - Devon Schools Guidelines

28th February 2019

Online Safety - Devon Guidelines 

Schools play an important role in promoting online safety to young audiences and parents and it is safest to approach this with general messages about online safety, without naming specific websites or games.

 

The UK Safer Internet Centre advice is that information about any app that raises safety concerns is not shared with parents directly or circulated broadly.  If a decision is made to share information widely, there is a risk of drawing attention to apps to children who don’t already know about them.  Evidence shows that naming specific online content or games can increase the risk of creating media coverage and social media sharing, which can inadvertently promote the content to young audiences.

 

The Samaritans encourage parents and adults who work with young people to talk to them about their online activity. Let them share what they’re playing or looking at, rather than asking them if they are playing a specific game, as this may draw their attention to it.

 

The UK Safer Internet Centre encourages open and honest conversations with young people about the kind of content they could encounter online, and to ensure children know what to do and who to turn to if they do come across something that makes them feel worried or upset. It is also important that as professionals with a duty to safeguard the young people in our care that we are only sharing factual and useful information.

 

The UK Safer Internet Centre also runs a Professionals Online Safety Helpline for any online safety issues professionals may face themselves or with children in their care. Their website contains really useful tips, advice and resources for professionals and parents to help children and young people have a safe and positive time online.

 

There are some good sources of information and advice for schools and parents:

Safer Internet

 

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline is available Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

Call 0344 381 4772 or email enquires@saferinternet.org.uk

Parent Info is a free web service providing information to parents and carers.

 

Advice from NSPCC on social networks, apps and games.

 

Childnet

A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.