It may be helpful for families to discuss and set clear expectations for how to behave online. Some children will spend as much time online and playing games as they possibly can, but there must be a balance and we must support our children in managing their time online and achieving this balance. There is a wealth of information available to help keep children safe online, and we provide on this page some information to support parents and help their children keep safe online. Parents should of course remind their children that if they ever see something online that frightens or worries them, or if they are approached by someone they don’t know who makes them feel uncomfortable, they should talk to a trusted adult about this. If any child, or their families, come to us with a concern that their child may have seen, or been involved in, a viral scare or suicide challenge, our safeguarding team will respond and provide the support and advice neccessary. Parents can report content directly on the platform or service they are using. If parents are concerned about contact made to their child online, they can also report the matter direct to HM Government agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) or contact Devon and Cornwall Police.
National Online Safety Guides
We are committed to Online Safety education and share below select guides that families may find useful, produced by National Online Safety, an organisation whose mission is to make the internet a safer place for children, through equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise.