Keeping your child safe online:  A Guide for Parents & Carers

As a caring Catholic community, the support of each individual is our highest priority. St Damian’s RC Science College aims to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all children feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Our school is committed to the principles of the Every Child Matters Agenda and implements policies, practices and procedures which promote safeguarding and well-being.

The internet can be an inspiring and positive place which holds a wealth of resources to enable young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a variety of different ways. It is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your child’s use of technology can be a challenge.  You may feel that your child has better technical skills that you do, however they still need advice, guidance and protection in the appropriate use of the internet, mobile phones and other devices. We ask that you read and agree to our Acceptable Use Policy for students and contact us should you have any queries or concerns about your child using IT at school.

Some new advice for parents and carers on cyber bullying that has been released from the DfE can be found here.

E-Safety Organisations:

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The NSPCC

Offers advice for parents about keeping your child safe when using the internet, social networking websites and online gaming. Their new campaign ‘Share Aware’ guidance to parents can be found here

  • Online Safety Checklists – click here for further information
  • Online safety: what parents need to know – click here for further information
  • How to help your child stay safe online – click here for further information
  • Cyberbullying:  Advice for parents about bullying online and through social networking websites or mobile phones – click here for further information

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CEOP: Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre 

As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up.

With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate.

The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much. Whether you’re a technophobe or a technophile, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet.  You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline? This site aims to make online parenting simple. Click here for further information.

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Childnet International

Is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

Parents and Carers

It provides all the information you need to keep your child safe online.  We all know that it can sometimes be challenging to keep up to speed with what children and young people are doing online. On this site you’ll find a whole host of useful ways to keep your child safe. Click here for further information.

Young People

The internet is a place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things. In the Childnet Hub you’ll find top tips, competitions, blogs and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively. You can also visit the get involved section to have your say on all things internet and new technology related! Click here for further information.