Online Safety

Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of Online Safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

You can download the latest DFE advice for parents on online safety, cyberbullying and using social media here: Social Media Guidance UKCCIS , Advice for parents on cyberbullying and Advice on child internet safety

At Home

As a parent you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.

You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face.  Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online

Parent Resources 

To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we’ve suggested a few internet sites on the right of this page which are fantastic resources, They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.

Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download here.

Other really helpful websites are:


At School

As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of ICT skills, we teach safe use of the internet. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. We use Impero which is  a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.

At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet.  We also take part in the National Safer Internet Week, click below to find out what we did this year:

Safer Internet Week 2017

During the week beginning the 6th February all students at Hope Wood Academy have taken part in activities based around Safer Internet Week.

All classes undertook fun lessons and activities on friendship designed to help them understand what friends are and how we interact with them including offline. For those able to understand this was developed to include the importance of only being friends on Social Media with those who we know personally and not people that we have met online.

Secondary students have also has assemblies based around cyber bullying with particular emphasis placed on online gaming networks such as Xbox live as PSN and reminding students of the the legalities around threats being made online.

Students within Mr. Mc Nichol’s classes within in Key Stages 3 and 4 have also had lessons based around the images you see online may not necessarily be accurate or real. Incorporated in to this was PHSE work around self-esteem and body image and catfishing for those students at an appropriate level. Activities for these students included looking at images to decide which image was the original and which was the edited one as well as looking at images of teenagers to see if they could identify what edits had been made via apps to make people appear more photogenic.