As required for modern times, the Aspire Academy Trust takes internet safety very seriously.
We encourage all families to carefully consider this difficult area; to make sensible choices with regards the content, and contact, that their children access through internet-connected devices.
We fully appreciate that this topic can feel like a minefield to navigate, both in keeping up with your child's IT skills, and deciding what is and isn't appropriate for them. In order to stay as digitally safe and informed as possible, we've put together a list of regularly updated guidance, links and downloads that we believe school communities will find vitally useful.
IMPORTANT: Primary aged children should NOT have access to social media platforms.
The guides listed below are the most popular platforms for young people (minimum age 13+) and are included for parental information only.
These guides expose the dangers that are inherent to such platforms.
Useful eSafety organisations
Parent Guidance for online sexual harassment & keeping children safe online
The Children’s Commissioner has launched a guide for parents/carers on online sexual harrassment and how they can support children to stay safe online.
“The things I wish my parents had known” draws together advice from 16 to 21 year olds on how parents should manage tricky conversations around sexual harassment and access to inappropriate content, including pornography.
A surprising but overriding message from young people is that parents should start these challenging conversations early. They suggest broaching topics before a child is given a phone or a social media account, which is often around the age of 9 or 10.
It is hoped this guide will serve as a useful starting point to raise awareness and understanding of online harassment, and to complement key messages on the new relationships and sex education curriculum. Please click on the link below: