Axe Valley Academy

Online Safety Advice

E-SafetyforParents

New digital technologies offer a wealth of opportunities for students;  they can use them to learn, create and communicate in ways which are constantly changing and evolving. Today the online world is ubiquitous, and as a result form an important part of children’s lives. 

Our natural desire is to keep our children safe. I like to think of Online Safety as requiring a similar approach to road safety; parents take great care to ensure their sons/daughters know how to cross the road safely and know about potential risks so they can avoid them. It is important that parents are equally able to guide and support their children in the online world so that they enjoy the benefits whilst avoiding the potential risks.

BOOST Parents: An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 1)

BOOST Parents: An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 2)

BOOST Parents: An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 3)

BOOST Parents: An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 4)

The best defences against any of the online risks are openness, awareness and education:

  • talking with your son/daughter about their online lives,
  • sharing their experiences and learn from them,
  • helping them to use technology positively and responsibly, and
  • by giving them guidance and support.

The Thinkuknow website has some useful advice on how to talk to your son/daughter about their online activity so that in their words

Top tips from kids on how to help them with social media

What parents need to know about popular social media sites overview 

Whether you’re a new Internet user or an expert, the advice and tools provided below can help you navigate the web safely and securely.


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Online Safety Briefing for Parents 2016-03-01

CSE Presentation for Parents 2016-03-01

Extremism Presentation for Parents 2016-03-01


Advice for parents on cyberbullying Advice for Parents and Carers on Cyber Bullying

BBC – WebWise – Safety & Privacy

CEOP’s Thinkuknow Advice page for Parents and Carers with students who are in secondary education

Childline’s online and mobile safety pages

Childnet.com – Childnet International is a UK-based charity working domestically and internationally to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children and young people.

devon-cornwall.police.uk – advice on protecting your child online

The Digizen website – information to raise awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.

Free Online Safety Institute – Advice for parents on the areas of new media and social networking.

Gamesratingauthority.org/ – Advice for online gaming and how to set up parental controls for a range of gaming devices

Getsafeonline.org – Free online security advice for all users of the internet.

Google’s Safety Centre

Net-aware.org.uk – Your guide to social networks, apps and games.

NSPCC Online Safety – Advice for parents about keeping your child safe when using the internet, social networking websites and online gaming.

Parentport.org.uk – run by the UK’s media regulators., they set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.

Parentsprotect.co.uk – Help for Parents and Carers in protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Safe – Internet safety advice – What is Internet Safety? – advice provided by the Metropolitan Police.


SWGfL Whisper reporting service
Sharing things that upset you is not always an easy thing to do. SWGfL Whisper is designed to act as another way you can tell a responsible adult at the school about any issues that you or others might be having. Sometimes that way might be easier than a face to face meeting.

This might include:

  • You or someone else being bullied
  • Something happening online that you don’t feel comfortable with and might need some advice
  • If you feel somebody at the school is at risk
  • If you have a problem that you need to talk about to somebody
Please don’t use bad language as we may not receive your message: the school systems may filter and block things like swear words and stop your message getting to the Whisper account. Click on the link below to complete a report.

SWGfL Whisper Button


For information and advice, and to report concerns directly to The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), click on the report button below.

Make a CEOP Report