The Internet can be a fantastic place for children providing them with exciting opportunities. At Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, we take great care in ensuring the safety of our students in both the online and offline environments. We aim to support students in living their best life online by making them aware of both the life-enhancing aspects of the online world and the potential safety risks associated with the use of IT and mobile technologies. We help students to develop the online critical thinking skills to navigate the digital world. This includes knowing how to report incidents and how to abide by the school’s e-safety and security policy.
By taking the positives of going online, keeping the conversation broad and valuing your child’s opinion you can show you understand and respect that young people use the Internet differently. This positive approach can underpin an open discussion, helping you to know what your child is enjoying online and so be able to also discuss the possible dangers they could face. So helping them to assess their safety online, just as they would in the offline environment.
At Sutton Girls there is a zero-tolerance of bullying. We work with staff, students and parents/carers to create a school community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing learning, quality of life, encourages responsible use of IT, and follows agreed policies to minimise potential e-safety risks.
We discuss, monitor and review our e-safety and security policy on a regular basis, linking it with other relevant policies such as Safeguarding and Child Protection/Behaviour for learning. We support staff in the use of IT as a key tool for enhancing learning and in the embedding of engaging with the online world safely across the whole school curriculum.
Below are some useful links to help you, as parents/carers, to understand the apps, sites and games your child may be enjoying in the online world. The Childnet link also offers valuable advice on how to start a conversation supporting your child online and making a family agreement.
Keeping Safe - specific links for FAQ
- Internet Safety Day - what is happening on 12th February; Safer Internet Day
A great event with loads of tips and information about getting the most out of life online safely.
This includes how to start a conversation about Internet use safety tools and parental controls.
- ConnectSafely – all parent guides
Ever been baffled by Snapchat? Is TikTok getting you in a tizz? Look no further than this site for all your social media guides.
- Online Safety Guide for parents (internet matters.org)
Digital resilience toolkits can be found here as well as a gaming and social media hub for all your questions.
- Parents’ Guide To Instagram
Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about #insta
- Online Gaming an Introduction for Parents and Carers
Got a gamer in the family? This is a site you should head to first!
- Set content restrictions on Windows 10 and Xbox One
Become an expert on Xbox parental controls here
- How to set parental controls and spending limits – PlayStation
Does PlayStation beat Xbox? Head to this site for all the know-how you need
Very relevant, detailed information on parental control/explanations of social media
- Be Internet Legends - with Google
Simple ways to reinforce the important online safety lessons your child has been learning in school. Created in partnership with Parent Zone, the programme is empowering families to make the most of the internet by helping them become confident digital citizens.
Foundation created on the death of a young man who was groomed by an online predator who killed the 14-year-old boy, this website was created by the family. A useful site for avid gamers helping them to identify risks.
Internet site offering Internet safety guidance. Very good web site similar to CEOPS and Internet matters.
We love this one, it teaches the user/child about negative language in text messaging. It learns how you type, the context of the message thread and gives suggestions on how to avoid negative comments.
Be Strong Online is a free peer-led programme to empower young people to promote positive online behaviour in their schools and communities.
- Priory Group - Online Living
The Priory's child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg, has put together a resource to help parents understand the risks of certain types of smartphone apps, how to keep young people safe online and the warning signs that they have become exposed to risky or dangerous situations online.
- How to report illegal and or concerning activity on the internet:
Report anonymously and confidentially at:
Internet Watch Foundation: https://www.iwf.org.uk/
Report concerns about child grooming and sexual exploitation direct to CEOPS:
- BBC Lifebabble – Help Me Out:
They’ve got such a great range of topics on here like dealing with grief, poverty, jealousy etc. Revision links/SEND info links