Online Safety

Links to External Resources on Online-Safety:





Online-Safety Guide to the Internet

1. Always keep to the agreed times of day to be online, the length of time to be online, and the areas that you can visit.

2. Never give any passwords to anyone outside your family - even friends!

3. Never give out any of the following information during a 'chat' session or when accessing online forums or message boards:

  • Your real name (use a pseudonym - a false name)
  • Your parents' or brothers'/sisters' real names
  • Home address
  • Home telephone number
  • Parents' work address/telephone number
  • The name, address or location of your school

4. Never send an online person any photographs or anything else without first checking with a parent

5. Never arrange for someone you meet online to visit your house

6. Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with another computer user without parental permission. Any such meeting should be in a public place and at least one parent should accompany you. Your house should remain occupied during the meeting to prevent burglary.

Online Safety Guide to the Internet

Monitoring what your son or daughter does on the Internet can sometimes be a daunting task, but it is important to remember that (when used correctly) the internet can be a positive learning experience.

The following guidelines have been produced with this in mind.

Using the Internet safely at home: Guidance for parents
Keeping your child safe online

  • Make online time a family activity.
  • Check filtering of mobile data as well as broadband – but do not rely on this
  • Make sure that you know the services your children use
  • Keep the computer in a family room and ensure all devices are removed from the child's bedroom at night.
  • Go online yourself so that you are familiar with and understand the potential benefits and risks associated with Internet access
  • Get to know your child's 'online friends' just as you do their other friends
  • Let them feel they can discuss any worries with you – even if they have made bad choices
  • If you are concerned about your child's online activities, talk to them about it
  • Develop an agreed set of family Internet rules. Use 'Family rules' document for an example (see link).
  • Make sure that your children are familiar with, and adhere to, your 'Family Internet Rules' which should be posted near the computer as a reminder
  • Monitor your children's compliance with these rules
  • Should you become aware of the presence of child pornography online, report this immediately to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, on telephone number: 0800 800 500

Other information:
You might find it useful to visit Childnet - Know it all or Think u Know, where advice and guidance can be found on everything from social networking to downloading music.

Acceptable Use Policy


Report Harmful Content

Report Harmful Content (A service run by the UK Safer Internet Centre) has introduced a new, innovative and accessible way for users to report legal but harmful material online! The Report Harmful Content button is a quick and simple method for helping anyone to report offensive or harmful material online, no matter where they are.

Data from Report Harmful Content’s annual report showed that 90% of content escalated to industry was successfully actioned and removed, indicating the right tools do exist to report and resolve these distressing events for victims. As well as this, the data also showed that: One in three incidents involved bullying or harassment, there was a concerning 225% increase in ‘hate speech’ reported and domestic abuse trend found that 75% of perpetrators were personally known to the victim, and three-quarters of reports were made by women.

Who can use the RHC Button?

Colyton Grammar School have downloaded the RHC button which will allow anyone to make a report direct to Report Harmful Content. Legal but harmful material can make its way into all walks of life and quite often it’s difficult to know where to go to for help and support. 

How is This Different?

Report Harmful Content has a team of dedicated practitioners who not only review content but actively communicate with victims, ensuring they are listened to whilst offering guidance and mediatory support where needed. Due to the close relationships that the service has with industry, they are fully versed in legislation and online safety, ensuring that decisions towards harmful content are precise and fully justified.

Click on the RHC button below:

SWGfL Report Harmful Content