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During this period, we recognise that children and young people are likely to spend more time online, whether that is for entertainment, to stay in touch with friends and family or to support their home learning. There are clearly many benefits to staying connected, however, increased time spent online may also increase the risk of encountering online safety issues.

We recognise that as a parent or carer you may have concerns about this and this guidance is intended to support you to quickly navigate the online safety guidance and education resources available and access the information and advice you need. This includes practical tips on how to set up age-appropriate parental controls on devices and guidance on specific online issues. Resources are available to support the needs of all learners, including those with additional learning needs (ALN).

The Welsh Government have provided some useful information on their HWB platform, some of which can be found on this page.

Keeping Kids Safe Online Webinar

The NSPCC and O2 are working in partnership to offer free sessions on keeping your family safe online.

The 30min webinar will provide parents and carers with information on:

  • Appeals and risks of the internet for children
  • How to keep kids’ safe online
  • Resources and support available for parents

Find out more and register on Hwb – https://hwb.gov.wales/zones/online-safety/events/view/bb51099e-c879-4739-9913-f2a1c36b0dac

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Online Safety Posters

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Organisations That Offer Support

  

If your child wants to talk to a professional completely anonymously

Childline

Help for adults concerned about a child or a child who wants to talk to a professional completely anonymously:

NSPCC

If your child needs support and advice about any worries they may have:

Meic

For concerns about online sexual abuse:

CEOP

For help and support to remove harmful online content:

Report Harmful Content

For support with feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide:

Samaritans Cymru

For help and advice about violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence:

Live Fear Free

Parental Controls For Home Devices

Every Internet Service Proivder (ISP) offers some form Parental Control for your connection. Often blocking of some of the most extreme sites can be done easily by logging into your ISP's website and enabling the age restrictions or you can also call your internet provider and ask for 18+ material to be blocked. 

Here is an article from SimplySwitch that explains what parental controls each of the main UK broadband providers offer: https://www.simplyswitch.com/broadband/guides/broadband-parental-controls/

 

Device-level Controls

Most modern smartphones, tablets and PCs offer some form of extra device-level parental control. Often these allow parents to monitor the child's web and app activity and blocked specific websites. Although this does very based on manufacturer, so please see the links below: 

Reporting Online Safety Concerns

 If you would like to report any concerns to the school, please speak to your child's Head of Year, form tutor or Mr J Taylor (Assistant Headteacher - Child Protection Officer). You can email us using the address email address on our contact us page

Student's can use the internal mail system to report any concerns using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Useful links


Stay up to date by going to the Online Safety HWB section here:

https://hwb.gov.wales/zones/online-safety/key-information/parents-and-carers 

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