Technology is changing how we work, socialise and learn. Using technology can help young people positively in many ways.. However, there are online risks and responsibilities which people must be aware of. On this page we will continue to collect resources to help both students and parents stay safe online.
Online Safety @ The Ashcombe
At the Ashcombe we take students' online safety seriously. Inside school we protect our young people by both filtering and monitoring all online traffic.
What does this mean?
We have carefully balanced putting restrictions on what content can be viewed with the freedom to explore topics online as part of growing up. These restrictions have been set up to ensure students can only see content that is age-appropriate to them. These restrictions are continually being monitored to ensure they are effective and that we are not over-blocking content.
How do we monitor computer use?
As well as the filters we have in place, we use both physical and software-based monitoring to ensure students make good choices when learning online. Staff will physically check screens periodically in classes and will also use software to monitor and guide computer use during lessons.
All devices on the school network including those on the school's Wi-Fi are also remotely monitored 24/7 for various key terms and triggers. If any student makes a choice to try and access material that is inappropriate, even though this will be blocked by filters, a message will be passed to the pastoral team. This allows them to have a learning conversation with the student to help them make better choices in the future to use IT in a safer way.
Reporting Issues Online
If you experience any issue when online it is important that you report what has happened so that you can get the help you need, and the incident can be dealt with appropriately. Below are three ways different incidents can be reported:
|Bullying and Safeguarding Reporting - to School||Reporting to Police||Reporting Harmful Content|
|Report Harmful Content - We Help You Remove Content|
|An online platform for students to report anonymously any issues they are experiencing. The information is passed to the Safeguarding team to look into.||CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection - is there to keep children safe from sexual abuse and online grooming.||An online platform to report any content you think is harmful. This will be evaluated and may be removed or amended.|
Safety Tips for Parents
The world our children explore daily is very different to the one that existed when most of our parents were children. This can cause some parents to feel unprepared to support their children in how to navigate this new world in a safe way. To help with this we are creating an online safety guide that goes through some of the ways you can do this.
Another great resource for parents is the UK Safer Internet Centre which gives amazing advice for schools, parents and children on safer internet use. They produce very clear information guides on a huge range of online topics and platforms. We will highlight below a few that we feel are currently very relevant for parents to look at, and keep this list updated.
- 12 smartphone online safety tips
- 12 social media online safety tips
- Age Inappropriate Content
- A Parents Guide to Internet Controls
- Apple Guided Access
- Artifical Intelligence
- Be Real
- EA Sports FC
- Group Chats
- Online Grooming safety guide for parents
- Open Discussion about Digital Lives
- Parental Controls Android
- Parental Controls iPhone
- Parental Controls Content Android
- Parental Controls for Apps Android
- Parental Controls ios
- Setting up Apps and Software
- Sharing Content
- Staying Safe on a New Device
- Stronger Passwords
- Tik Tok
- What parents need to know about Fortnite Chapter 2
- What parents need to know about Microsoft Teams
- What parents need to know about Trolling and Online Abuse
- World of Warcraft
- YouTube kids
Safety Tips For An Emergency
Download What3Words to your mobile phone so you could give your exact location in an emergency.
Think U Know - Students
Think U Know - Gaming
Think U Know - Parents
UK Safer Internet Centre
The Breck Foundation
NSPCC Share Aware
ZipIt – New app to help you deal with chat requests you don’t feel comfortable with. Recommended by Surrey Police.
BBC article on the dangers of smartphones