An introduction to Online Safety

Many of our students love their smartphones, gaming, social networking and using the Internet.  These technologies are wonderful innovations and can be the source of almost unlimited information.  Many of us find it almost impossible to live without them in some way or another.  If used properly, these technologies both entertain us and make our lives easier.

The downside, however, is the very nature of the "unlimited information" side of the Internet therefore making it a very dangerous place if access is not managed properly.

Please find below links to websites which gives plenty of information to help you and your family avoid accessing anything which may put you or your child at risk.   

Useful links:

CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection command

Online Safety Advice From the NSPCC


Safer Internet Centre

Here at LSA, Online safety is embedded in our school curriculum.  This includes Computing, Personal Development and assemblies. We also have a group of students who are online ambassadors. I meet with these students regularly and they help to convey online safety messages to their peers and support developments in this area.


We encourage you to talk with your son or daughter about the potential danger of the Internet. Ask if they have an account with, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, or similar Web sites. Many online games, popular with younger children also have the facility for ‘live chat’ which is a worry. Do to this I have written a guide to the most popular apps used by teens to help provide you with information to help promote healthy online use. You can find a link to this below.


Online safety Guide


If you have any concerns in regards to online safety, please get in touch. I can be reached on

We encourage young people, in upsetting situations regarding social media, the following:

  • Tell an Adult
  • Don't delete messages until shared with an adult
  • Don't respond

Mrs Hagenaars - Leader For Online Safety

Online Safety Letter


Our Online Safety related policies can be viewed here:

LSA Online Safety Documents

Other useful advice and guidance for parents/carers and young people are available from these organisations. Parents/carers are recommended to access this information so that you are informed and supported in keeping your children and young people safe online.



Providing guidance on cyberbullying

ChildLine and CEOPs (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command)

As well as reporting any safeguarding concerns to school  (and, where appropriate, to the Police), please also take and follow advice from ChildLine and CEOPs (Child exploitation and online protection command).


Provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents


Provides practical advice and support on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation

Government advice

Protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying

Security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls

Internet Matters

Support for parents and carers to keep their child safe online.

Internet Matters

Internetmatters has created an online hub to support parents, carers, and young people with additional learningneeds to offer tailored advice on how to connect safely online across a range of social platforms.


Lancashire Grid For Learning

The Lancashire Grid for Learning provides a variety of educational resources and services to support learning.

Lancashire Safeguarding Board

Staying safe online useful tips and information for parents and carers.

Let’s Talk About It

Provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation

London Grid for Learning

Support for parents and carers to keep their child safe online.

National Online Safety

How to use Zoom safely - a guide for students and parents


Information and advice to keep your child safe. 


Support for parents and carers from the NSPCCprovides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements 

Online Radicalisation - Parent/Carer Information and Support

Online Radicalisation

Online Safety Advice for Parents/Carers

Online Safety Advice


Provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online

Parent Info

Support for parents and carers to keep their child safe online. 

Parents Protect

Helping parents and carers protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.



Safer recruitment consortium

“guidance for safe working practice”, which may help ensure staff behaviour policies are robust and effective

Searching screening and confiscation

Departmental advice for schools on searching children and confiscating items such as mobile phones

South West Grid for Learning

Provides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements


Resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)

Think U Know

Advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online.

Think U know

Online blackmail - advice for young people and Parents/Carers

UK Safer Internet Centre

Support for parents and carers to keep their child safe online. 

Use of social media for online radicalisation

A briefing note for schools on how social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) - Online safety guidance if you own or manage an online platform

Provides practical steps on how companies can embed safety into the design of their online platforms. It offers information on common platform features and functions (such as private messaging) and their risks, as well as steps that can be taken to manage that risk.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) A business guide for protecting children on your online platform

Provides guidance to businesses on how to protect children on their online platform. It outlines existing regulatory requirements and provides best practice advice on how to protect children’s 151 personal data, ensure content is appropriate for the age of users, ensure positive user-to-user interactions and address child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Useful PDFs from National Online Safety