Online Safety

For immediate advice regarding Online Safety, please visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk. Should you wish to report a concern regarding the way that someone is communicating with you online, visit the CEOP website. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children about internet safety and online safety. 

The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy achieved Certified school status for National Online Safety in 2020-21.  National Online Safety keep children safe online by providing online safety education, training and updates which empowers the whole school community. We have all our teachers, a high proportion of governors and numerous parents completing Online Safety courses and watching videos advising how to keep our community safe against Online risks. If you have not signed up and you would like to, please contact info@theleighutc.org.uk.

Various online logos with text saying Staying Safe Online in the centre

It is through education and empowerment that we seek to embrace the digital age by creating responsible digital citizens.  As we move forward the Internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, blogs, podcasting and social networks are becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of our children and have many positive benefits.They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a child’s identity. Socially our children often use the Internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends’. Access to the Internet can take place anywhere and at any time so we need to make sure our children are able to use the Internet safely.

Many children are unaware of the risks for example by having many online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or even becoming addicted to the Internet.

Our programme of online safety guides your child through the benefits and dangers of having a virtual presence.  Through assemblies, dedicated tutor programmes and bespoke action days we actively prepare your child to be a responsible digital citizen.  It is imperative that we all have a role to play in keeping students safe online.  If you have any concerns we encourage you to contact the Students Services Managers for advice and guidance or report it to CEOP (Child exploitation and Online protection Centre).

Cyberbullying

Your child is just as likely to be a bully as to be a target. Be alert to your child being upset after using the internet/phones – they may be secretive, change relationships with friends

  • Talk to your child and understand how they are using the internet and their phone
  • Use safety tools and parental controls – if your not sure how contact your service provider. Please note tools are not always 100% effective
  • Remind your child not to retaliate
  • Keep any evidence of Cyberbullying – emails, Online Conversations, texts etc
  • Report the Cyberbullying
  • Contact the school so they can take action if it involves other pupils
  • Contact the service provider e.g. website, phone company etc
  • If the cyberbullying is serious and a potential criminal offence has been committed then consider contacting the police.

(Adapted from DCFS Cyberbullying Guidance)

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