The Internet has become an essential part of our children’s lives. It is used to research, connect with family and friends, watch videos, play games and even improve our dance moves! Internet development is constantly evolving into more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction. Unfortunately, this brings with it potential risks and dangers that can have a negative effect on our children’s safety and wellbeing.
At Mappleborough Green we recognise online safety as an important part of safeguarding our children. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any online safety incidents are recorded and managed.
We have a comprehensive online safety curriculum, taught to all pupils at an age appropriate level - explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online that are transferrable to internet use out of school.
Have concerns as a parent?
Before doing anything, take a deep breath and remain calm. There's lots of information and advice on the http://www.thinkyouknow.co.uk site to keep your child safe and access support.
Having a calm and open conversation is one way for you and your child to explore what is happening in an honest and supportive way.
Discuss your concerns with someone you trust, for example a friend, partner or the school.
You can also talk to a professional at the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Talking about it will help decide the best action to take to ensure your child is safe.
TO MAKE A REPORT
If you are concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online you can contact CEOP: http://www.ceop.police.uk or alternatively you can click on the 'Report Abuse' button located at http://www.thinkyouknow.co.uk.
If you stumble across criminal sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: http://www.iwf.org.uk.
You can also report directly to your local police force. If you think your child is in immediate danger call 999.
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