All computers in the Academy have Internet access, as the Internet is an invaluable research tool for students. (We do however have blocks on unsuitable sites).
Just like the offline world, the online world has its hazards which can seem daunting if you are not as used
to computers as your children. While we do not want to deter them from using it, after recent events highlighted
by the media of the dangers of the Internet here are some guidelines for both parents and students to observe
when surfing at home.
The first step is ensuring our tech we have in the family home is resilience, the National Online Safety website is an excellent resource to signpost parents and focus on ensuring devices are secure as a first step to increasing online safety you can access their site by registering here:
National Online Safety
An other service is the UK safer Internet website which holds lots of useful information you may wish to use yourself or share with parents when professionally appropriate.
Safer Internet UK
Finally Middlesbrough Council's prevent website also has digital resilience pages you may wish to make use of for further resources:
Middlesbrough Council: Digital Safety
Take the time to find the best and most useful sites for you and your family. Add them to your favourites. Give each family member their own folder for their favourite sites.
Live Streaming Apps Guide
MOMO Guide For Parents
Digital Parenting Magazine
Staying Safe Online: Parents Edition
Apps Parents Need To Know About
Using Youtube's restricted mode
Using Social Media
Safer Internet Centre
Support For Parents
Children can talk to a ChildLine counsellor 24 hours a day about anything that is worrying them by ringing 0800 11 11 or in an online chat at:
If parents or carers are concerned that their child is being contacted by adults as a result of having shared sexual imagery they should report to NCA-CEOP at:
If parents and carers are concerned about their child, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline by ringing 0808 800 5000, by emailing email@example.com, or by texting 88858. They can also ring the Online Safety Helpline by ringing 0808 800 5002.
Further advice in relation to a sexting matter can be sought from the Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) by ringing 01765 688827 or by visiting:
Marie Collins Foundation
The NSPCC has information and advice about sexting available on its website:
NSPCC: Sexting Advice
Parent Info provides information and advice to parents from expert organisations on topics ranging from sex and relationships, mental health and online safety.
Parent Info Online
The UK Safer Internet Centre have produced checklists for parents on using social networks safely:
Safer Internet UK