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.
Report Harmful Content
Click on the button above to report harmful content
The RHC button is an asset of SWGfL, a charity working internationally to ensure all benefit from technology, free from harm.
The button has been developed to offer anyone living in the UK a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to reporting routes for commonly used social networking sites, gaming platforms, apps and streaming services alongside trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting online harm to the RHC service for those over the age of 13 where an intial report has been made to industry but no action has been taken. RHC will review content in line with a sites' community standards and act in a mediatory capacity where content goes against these.
Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this going through our how we can help resource together.
RHC also have advice and links to reporting routes for other online harms people may come across or face, such as impersonation, privacy violations and intimate image abuse.
The RHC button provides a gateway to the RHC reporting pages, an area of the RHC website offering:
- links to reporting routes on commonly used sites for 8 types of online harm
- help, advice and support on what to do if experiencing or witnessing harm online
- signposting to industry partners reporting forms and the ability to reportlegal but harmful content directly to RHC for further investigation
Reporting to RHC
Reports can be made 24/7 through the online reporting forms and helpline practitioners will review and respond to reports within 72 hours between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
Reports can be made to RHC by anyone over the age of 13. SWGfL operates 3 helplines and to be sure you're getting the right support take a look at the Helpline flowchart to find out who can best support you.