Useful Websites, links and Online e-Safety information & News
Please check regularly as this area is frequently updated with the latest information….
Portfield School is enrolled in the 360° Safe Review system. The Image below shows the structure map:
360 degree safe Overview
The 360 degree safe self review tool is free to use and is intended to help schools review their online safety policy and practice. It provides:
- Information that can influence the production or review of online safety policies and develop good practice.
- A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
- Opportunities for commitment and involvement from the whole school.
- A continuum for schools to discuss how they might move from a basic level provision for online safety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.
E-Safety News & Advice for Parents:
Gaming Information for Parents and Carers
Some games offer the users the chance to chat online, talk to your children about the games they are using and remind them about the SMART rules.
Find out more using the links below:
Portfield School Internet Safety Update
Please click on the article below about keeping children safe online….
Online Safety Update:
(Click the pictures below to take you to the site)
Online Safety is a minefield – we will be publishing a series of links and tips for how parents can help their youngsters stay safe online.
The first of our links is to do with Gaming. This is an interesting read as it highlights some interesting ideas around Gaming!
There is a new platform children and young people are using called ‘Hollerchat’. It is a video chat system where you are connected with a random person around the world to chat face to face.
Whilst seeking some advice about this we have been made aware of a website which is quite useful. The link is
Safeguarding Children using Apps:
NSPCC has a new app for children. The app can be downloaded free onto a mobile devise to which it will be discreetly stored, not visible as a child line app. The app provides counselling to young people directly through their mobile devises and allows them a safe space to explore problem pages, keep track of their mood and write down their thoughts and get 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor.
Instagram is a photo and video sharing app that is popular with teens. People on Instagram can connect with one another through comments, captions and hashtags on photos and videos.
There is information on safety in Instagram’s Help Centre.
Instagram also has advice for parents. This advice explains what Instagram is, as well as how it works. It also offers key safety advice.
You can find out more about Instagram’s safety features in the Help Centre. This includes:
- Blocking: When people use the blocking feature, the person they block can’t view their posts or search for their Instagram account.
- Reporting a Post: You can report inappropriate posts, comments or people by using the built-in reporting features in the app.
- Deleting or Reporting Comments: You can flag or delete a comment as abuse or spam by swiping left on it.
- Privacy Settings: You can adjust your privacy settings to make your account private. This means that anyone who wants to see your photos or videos, followers, or following lists will have to send you a follow request for you to approve or ignore.
Terms and conditions
Instagram have community guidelines that outline what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour on the site.
Their five short rules are:
- Post your own photos and videos
- Keep your clothes on
- Be respectful
- Don’t spam
- HAVE FUN!
They also have a legal document that explain the terms and conditions of using the site.
13 years +
Anyone 13 and older can create an Instagram account by registering an email address and selecting a username.
We have been made aware of a new platform children and young people are using called ‘Hollerchat’. It is a video chat system where you are connected with a random person around the world to chat face to face.
Whilst seeking some advice about this we have been made aware of a website which is quite useful. The link is:
Advice for parents and carers who think their children are the victims or even the perpetrators of on-line bullying. (Click on the Cyberbullying link above for information)
‘SelfieCop’ is a useful tool to help parents and carers safeguard their children’s online activities. It teaches children and young people to use their phone’s camera safely and gives parents the ability to monitor their children’s images. For more information about downloading and using the App, click here or visit the website.
For guidance on managing a Facebook account and ensuring your child is using social media safely, click here.
Hwb is used by all schools in Wales. It has useful links and resources for parents/carers on all aspects of your child’s use of technology.
Safer Internet Advice for Parents and Carers
This is an excellent source of useful information/resources including a guide to all digital technologies, online risks, setting parental controls and safety tools.
This links to a free download entitled ‘Staying Safe … on social media and online.’
This is a good step by step simple guidance for email, Facebook, Skype and Twitter, including setting up profiles and privacy settings.
Or you can download it here.
BBC Stay Safe
This is an internet survival guide produced by the BBC with advice on staying safe online, privacy settings and beating the cyberbullies.
This is a site providing information from School Community Police Officers on a variety of issues relating to personal safety, including:
Links to advice about staying safe on-line.
Links to advice on dealing with cyberbullying.
This is the NSPCC guide to the use of social networks to help you stay up to date and keep your child safe in todays digital world.