Online Safety Information
If you have a particular concern regarding e-Safety, please contact the
appropriate member of staff:
Safeguarding Lead: Mr Mitchell
Shiremoor Building: Miss Maughan
The Bungalow: Mrs Jakutauicius
Oswin Terrace: Mrs Wilkinson
Cyberbullying and online harassment
Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. They can be even be classed as criminal offences in some cases.
However, there are plenty of organisations you can turn to for help, including charities, social media service providers, and the police.
Here’s an overview of what online bullying is, how you can avoid it, and where you go for advice:
What is cyberbullying and online harassment?
Making comments or posts online that are deliberately abusive, offensive, threatening, or inflammatory.
Liking and sharing this kind of abuse can also count as bullying and harassment.
Online bullies and harassers use all sorts of platforms, including social media (like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram), forums, gaming sites, comments sections, mobile phone chat groups and more.
There’s a very detailed definition of cyberbullying HERE
Staying SAFE online - resources for parents / carers
Think U Know – For parents who would like advice on how to take care of their children’s safety and security when using the internet at home.
Net-Aware – A guide to social networks used by children. Up to date information on popular apps and games.
NSPCC – NSPCC website with advice and videos to share with children about keeping safe online.
Childnet – Information about parental controls and gaming.
Internet Matters – Site that covers many aspects of internet safety and takes you through setting up parental controls on all gadgets in an easy to follow step by step guide.
Safari Internet – Information and advice on internet safety.
Everybody Plays – Video gaming site with reviews for parents.
Get Safe Online – Online safety advice.
Gov UK – A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media by the DfDCMS.
Connect Safely – Parents’ guide to Instagram.
BBC Own It app
The BBC has recently launched a FREE digital wellbeing smartphone app called Own It aimed at children and young people. It monitors how young people interact with friends and family online and through messaging apps. It uses AI to evaluate a child's mood so it can offer advice or encourage them to talk to trusted adults.
The app is built around a special software keyboard that pops up when kids type messages and monitors the tone of the words being typed and language used. The Own It app also has its own content that aims to help children manage the amount of time they spend looking at their screen and passes on other advice about responsible online interaction.
Alice Webb, director of BBC Children's, said the app would act as a "helping hand" to guide children into developing good habits when using their first phone and avoid some of the potential pitfalls of digital life.
I’ve been using the app myself since the end of September and I am very impressed – one to flag with parents. Available on Android and iOS.
If you’ve not already seen it, it’s also worth checking out the BBC Own It website, too…