The internet holds huge potential for children and young people. It is a fun and exciting place to explore, and it helps children and young people to learn at home as well as in school. The internet and use of mobile devices are now a part of the daily social and educational lives of children and young people, and it is therefore vitally important that we are aware of the risks so that children and young people can make the most of the opportunities available to them while remaining safe.
Our approach to online safety is based on addressing the following categories of risk:
Content – being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful content, such as pornography, fake news, racism, misogyny, self-harm, suicide, anti-Semitism, radicalisation and extremism
Contact – being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users, such as peer-to-peer pressure, commercial advertising and adults posing as children or young adults with the intention to groom or exploit them for sexual, criminal, financial or other purposes
Conduct – personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm, such as making, sending and receiving explicit images (e.g. consensual and non-consensual sharing of nudes and semi-nudes and/or pornography), sharing other explicit images and online bullying; and
Commerce – risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and/or financial scam
If you have any questions about online safety at More House School, or you have a concern about a member of the school community, then please contact one of the DSLs.
More House School actively supports the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism, through focussed education as well as effective school computer network filtering and monitoring systems.
Useful resources for parents and carers:
CEOP - Reporting online abuse
UK Safer Internet Centre - Advice and support on staying safe online
Think u know - Resources for families
#DITTO Magazine - December 2021 edition
National Online Safety - Online safety guides for parents and carers
Parent Zone - App guides for parents and carers
The RHC button is an asset of SWGfL, a charity working internationally to ensure all benefit from technology, free from harm.
The button has been developed to offer anyone living in the UK a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to reporting routes for commonly used social networking sites, gaming platforms, apps and streaming services alongside trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting online harm to the RHC service for those over the age of 13 where an intial report has been made to industry but no action has been taken. RHC will review content in line with a sites' community standards and act in a mediatory capacity where content goes against these.
Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this going through our how we can help resource together.
RHC also have advice and links to reporting routes for other online harms people may come across or face, such as impersonation, privacy violations and intimate image abuse.
The RHC button provides a gateway to the RHC reporting pages, an area of the RHC website offering:
Links to reporting routes on commonly used sites for 8 types of online harm
Help, advice and support on what to do if experiencing or witnessing harm online
Signposting to industry partners reporting forms and the ability to report legal but harmful content directly to RHC for further investigation
Reporting to RHC
Reports can be made 24/7 through the online reporting forms and helpline practitioners will review and respond to reports within 72 hours between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
Reports can be made to RHC by anyone over the age of 13. SWGfL operates 3 helplines and to be sure you're getting the right support take a look at the Helpline flowchart to find out who can best support you.