At Brannel School we take the online safety of our students very seriously. The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, there are dangers and it is our responsibility – along with parents and carers – to ensure that we educate students about using the internet safely.

Our e-Safety Policy is available to view on the School Policies page of this website.

In ICT and PSHE lessons, tutor sessions and assemblies students will discuss many topics about staying safe online, including:

  • Peer pressure
  • Plagiarism and copyright
  • Self esteem online
  • Being responsible online
  • Your digital life

When using the internet at home, students are encouraged to remember the GOLDen rules:

Ground rules
• how should the internet be used in your home?
• keep information private – think, would I tell this to a stranger?
• agree rules about meeting online ‘friends’ in real life
• generally – if not acceptable in real life it shouldn’t be acceptable online

Online safety
• anti-virus and parental monitoring systems
• online safety guides
• activate security and privacy settings

Location
• internet access should be in a family room, rather than a bedroom
• be aware that devices such as gaming consoles or mobile phones can access the internet

Dialogue
• share the experience with your parents or a teacher if you have a problem or feel uncomfortable

Further Advice for Parents

Our Internet Safety page provides helpful advice, guidance and links specifically for parents.