Online Safety

Bishop Luffa School believes that the internet and other digital technology offer a vast opportunity for children and young people to learn and for educators to support and enhance learning. The school’s drive to utilise this technology allows our community to promote creativity, stimulate awareness and enhance learning in many ways.

The school is also very aware that educating our young people and our school community in the safe use of these technologies is vital, not only for their safe use in school, but also for the safe use of these technologies in life.

We provide you with the following information about the education provided in school as well as some useful resources to support the safe use of the internet at home.

Online safety education in school

In computer science lessons in Years 7 to 9 a topic on Online safety is covered each year in which students are reminded about being safe and responsible when online. This year we have focused on social media and how to keep safe when using it. Students learn about how not to share their personal information or photos with people they do not know and some of the consequences that could happen if they do not keep their information private. Students look at case studies and hear from people who have had problems with the different kinds of popular social media such as YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, and they are offered practical advice on how to stay safe. We also introduce the students to CEOP's Thinkuknow website and explain how to get help from them.

Our PSHE programme uses a variety of delivery methods, such as library lessons, video clips, interactive online tasks and specialist guest speakers (including our police liaison officer) to cover many aspects of this complex, contemporary issue. At various points in the curriculum, aspects of cyberbullying, online safety and social networking are covered, including practical day-to-day precautions such as privacy settings, commenting on posts and the growing issue of sexting.

Online safety information for parents

To support you as a parent in keeping your child safe online at home we offer the following resources.
The internet site InternetMatters offers a wealth of resources and advice about how to keep your child safe online.