Staying E-safe with Abbots Ripton

Starz learning platform

As part of your child’s curriculum, we provide supervised access to the Internet and to email via the Starz learning platform.  We see this as an essential ICT skill for the children to learn as they grow up in the modern world.

Understandably, there are concerns about children accessing inappropriate material when working online - but we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school.

* All staff have undertaken E-safety training.

* The school's IT system operates a robust filtering system that restricts pupils access to inappropriate material.

* The school has an E-safety policy.

* Pupils are supervised when working online.

* Pupil email messages are monitored by a staff email monitor.
Online Learning
Again, some reminders from the first lockdown and useful sites for schools and parents to access advice about online safety.
An essential part of the online planning process will be ensuring children who are being asked to work online have very clear reporting routes in place so they can raise any concerns whilst online.
As well as reporting routes back to the school or college this should also signpost children to age appropriate practical support from the likes of:
Childline - for support
UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
Schools and colleges are likely to be in regular contact with parents and carers. Those communications should be used to reinforce the importance of children being safe online.
It will be especially important for parents and carers to be aware of what their children are being asked to do online, including the sites they will asked to access and be clear who from the school or college (if anyone) their child is going to be interacting with online.
Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online include:
Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carer
 There are so many great websites to support families with being safe in an ever changing online world.  We have links below to those that we feel are the most user friendly and up to date.


TikTok is a social networking app that replaced the popular app when it went offline in 2017. It gives users the ability to watch and create short clips of up to 60 seconds. With 1 billion active users across 155 countries, it seeks to promote safety and has recently released a range of safety videos to promote its safety tools.  They can be found by clicking here

Parent Zone

This website is very up to date and contains very user friendly parent guides on a range of current APPs and games being used by young people.

Click here

Share Aware

Share Aware, our online safety campaign, is a great resource to help parents keep their children safe on social networks, apps and games.  It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games. Or know how to keep them safe.

That's why the NSPCC has teamed up with O2. Together we're helping parents untangle the web. And teach their children to be Share Aware.  If you take your child's phone to any O2 shop, they will help you to set up parental controls - free of charge even if you don't shop or have a contract with O2.

Because, just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online.

Click here

Net Aware

Net Aware is an online tool that informs parents about the social networks, apps and games that children might be using. We look at the frequency of inappropriate content, how robust and easy to find the privacy settings are, and why children like using the sites. We regularly update Net Aware with new apps, and parents can sign up to Net aware newsletters to keep up with  digital trends.

For more information visit

Online Safety Helpline

We’ve joined forces with O2 to provide adults with the skills and tools to help keep children safe online. This helpline provides practical, technical advice including parental controls on electronic devices, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks and information about online gaming.

Call the Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002

#WakeUp Campaign - YouTube

As part of the National Online safety #WakeUp campaign, they have created a free updated YouTube guide for parents and carers which is really useful.

YouTube is the world’s largest video platform and the 2nd biggest search platform (after Google), with over 1.8 billion users per month, and this free guide for parents and carers covers what you need to know about the platform to help safeguard your children from potential online risks including; age inappropriate videos, in –app messaging, dangerous challenge/viral videos, digital wellbeing and more.