Online Safety

Online Safety Statement

At the Loyne Specialist School, we want staff, children, parents and carers to create a school community that embraces the use of different technologies to enhance learning and thinking, as well as teach all of our children how to be safe and responsible digital citizens, who make informed decisions about their actions online . There is no doubt that the internet is a great resource and tool.

At home, many children also use computers and mobile devices to play games, learn and explore. Make talking about what they’re doing online, a normal part of everyday life rather than something that only happens when there’s a problem or issue. Regular, open communication between parents, carers and children about using the internet is ultimately the best way to keep children safe online.

While there are huge benefits to being online, it is important to be aware that any time children use the Internet, they do face some potential risks, such accessing inappropriate or harmful content, harmful interactions with other users, oversharing their own personal information, grooming, online bullying and radicalisation. Understanding what your child is doing online helps keep them safe online.

In today’s world, online safety has to be more than a reminder not to speak to strangers online. As children and young people begin to navigate the internet and use it in different ways, their own personal conduct online is also an area where they need guidance. It is important to teach children both about the technological and social and emotional aspects of being safe and successful online.

Read the School’s Online Safety Policy (PDF)

The following links will give you lots of useful information on how to keep you and your child safe when using the Internet.

UK Safer Internet Centre
How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider.

Facebook Safety
Facebook Family Safety Centre.

Internet Matters
Helping parents keep their children safe online.

Know it All
The parents section of the Know IT All website. The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.

‘DigitalParenting Guide’ from Vodafone
Read about the very latest technology and challenges in our new magazine – our Expert View articles,

Google Safety Centre
A guide from Google to show parents how they can protect your family online.

Think U Know
‘The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’, has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent.

Cyber Streetwise
Find out about easy steps you can take to protect your home or business from cybercrime

BBC Webwise 
Part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety.

Get Safe Online
Avoiding Ratting – Remote Access Trojans

Think U Know

CBBC – Own It