What is Online Safety?

Online Safety is a term which means not only staying safe when using the internet, but also when using electronic media such as mobile phones and tablets. Online Safety is extremely important and above all awareness allows parents and carers, educators to ensure that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit when using existing and new technology. The aim of promoting Online Safety is to protect young people from the damaging consequences of access or use of electronic media, including from bullying, inappropriate sexualised behaviour or exploitation.

Hints and tips:

We take Online Safety very seriously at Honley High School, so here are a few hints and tips for you to be aware of when children and young people in your care are using technology:

  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number 
  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore
  • Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
  • Never give out your passwords
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
  • Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately

Further information can be found on: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ and http://www.childnet.com/ Further resources can also be found below.


As mentioned above, if you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately. You can also report any issues here: http://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Apps to be aware of

We want to make sure that each and everyone one of our students at Honley High remain safe whilst using technology and are aware of the following apps which are potentially risky for children to use:

SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, recently launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. Remember a child sharing their location can be a very risky thing to do.

There are three possible privacy settings on SnapChat:

  1. Ghost mode, where only you can see your position
  2. My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location
  3. Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you


ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe, please click on the link for further information Introducing SnapMaps (ChildNet).

Flinch is an app by the makers of OoVoo. The App is basically a digital version of a staring contest, the first person who smiles, loses the game. Parents and carers should know that kids using Flinch can stare down with complete strangers.  Please click here for further information.

If you have any questions relating to online safety, please do not hesitate to contact us in school, key staff are our Heads of Year - Pastoral and the Designated Safeguarding Leads, Mrs J Ford and Mr P Oliver 01484 506484.

Further Online Safety Information

Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology.  Find out what's good, wha'ts not and what you can do about it.  Most importantly, there is a place which anyone can use to report  if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.  



Information for all age groups about keeping safe. Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command

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Information and advice for parents and carers on supporting young people online. Information is available in a number of different languages via this link.


Please click below for information on 'Digital Parenting'. The website provides lots of useful information and this issue of Digital Parenting looks at the risks of taking a 'selfie', advice for parents on setting up controls for search engines and information about online bullying, stranger danger and in-app purchase.

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/ Issue 4

http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents/get-started.html online resource for parents

This website provides advice for parents on a whole range of topics, designed to make life easier. It includes access to information on e-safety, money & finances, health and disability and much more.


Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online.

Internet Matters aims to bring you:

  • Advice on important e-safety issues
  • News and advice from industry experts
  • Guidance on setting parental controls and filters
  • Reviews on the latest technology and apps


Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. Parent Info covers a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’


What is CSE?

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when a young person (male or female) is used by being made or tricked into doing something sexual sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol.

It is not OK for someone to expect you or your friends to do things you don’t want to. Listen to your instinct; if it doesn’t feel right – tell someone.


For further information vist the website http://www.stop-cse.org/saysomething/ twitter https://twitter.com/SaySomethingIf 

Search for a site, game or app to find out more or explore other networks.


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NSCPP - Sexting

The NSPCC have produced a guide to assist parents to talk with children about the dangers and legalities surrounding sexting, empowering them to say no to requests. Please visit www.nspcc.org.uk to access the guide.