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Online Safety

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At Hinde House School we have an embedded programme of online safety within the curriculum in PSHE (discrete 30-minute lessons 3x a week) and ICT, form-time and whole school initiatives which respond to topical issues that arise throughout the year, with an extra focus around Safer Internet Day in February each year.

To prepare our students with the social and safety skills needed to deal with the increasingly digitalised world that we live in students need to be taught about the etiquette, laws, rules and dangers of the on-line world as well. Especially since COVID 19, as children and young adults do not distinguish between the virtual and physical world when interacting.
Just as we talk to children about road safety, bullying and speaking to strangers in the real world we need to ensure that we have an accessible and challenging on-line safety programme that is flexible and adaptable to the rapidly evolving challenges that online safety presents. We aim to equip the students with the knowledge to stay safe on-line by not limiting their usage but providing them with the knowledge and resources to be a discerning and resilient user when dealing with other people and different sites and apps in the virtual world.
To ensure that our on-line safety programme is accessible to all we make sure that resources are fully differentiated for SEND students and provide one-one help and guidance where needed to our more vulnerable students where applicable, ensuring that the Junior Leadership Team, SEND team, safeguarding team and curriculum team all work together to ensure a student-centred and pro-active approach where needed.

The online safety PSHE curriculum (as part of the RSE curriculum) and whole school approach focuses on the 3 Cs: content, contact and conduct. We ensure that we follow the latest safeguarding guidance from Keeping Children Safe in Education report 2023.


  • Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material; for example, pornography, fake news, racist or radical and extremist views.
  • Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; for example, commercial advertising as well as adults posing as children or young adults.
  • Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm; for example, making, sending and receiving explicit images, or online bullying.


Please see our regular Online Safety Newsletter on the Newsletters page


What Parents Need to Know (National Online Safety)


Parent Zone | At the heart of digital family life


The online safety PSHE curriculum focuses on:

• Rules for staying safe on-online and being a discerning user so that students can be resilient, courteous, and reflective users in the virtual world. This also includes digital literacy and being aware of having a digital footprint and issues such as fake news and scams.
• Cyberbullying, including peer on peer abuse, hate crimes and harassment.
• Online grooming and exploitation, including how to recognise this happening (including sexual grooming, radicalisation and when gaming or on online forums) and where to seek help.
• Online gambling, what to be aware of and the dangers.
• Online sexual violence, abuse, and harassment, including up-skirting and revenge porn, and the laws that surround this.
• The impact of online behaviour on mental health and coping skills to mitigate this.

• Online pornography, the dangers and laws surrounding this, and the impact on good relationships and self-esteem.

All the lessons are appropriate for the age group and in line with the most recent guidance from the government for Relationship and Sex Education.
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The school monitors all students’ internet usage at school and when using the school systems at home to ensure it is appropriate and will provide guidance to any student that accidentally or otherwise break the internet usage policy. With more students working remotely and in the rapidly changing landscape and challenges bought to educational setting by COVID 19 there will be continuous updates and amendments how the school ensure that students stay safe on-line. Students and parents will be advised of these through the website, social media and the parent portal.

There is an online safety policy that is reviewed each year that sets out how the students should use the internet at school, and also sets out the importance of providing on-line safety education in today’s digital world.

All polices and guidance concerning online safety, acceptable use policies and remote working are in the ‘Policies’ section of the website.


If you would like any more information on on-line safety please email me on

Mrs D Greenwood
Online safety coordinator for Hinde House School 2-16.

Useful Links

Staying safe online | Childline -

"Don't upload or share anything you wouldn't want your parents, teachers or friends seeing. Once you press send, it is no longer private. Anything you send can be shared with other people and you can't be sure who will end up seeing it."

Childnet -

"Welcome to Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children."

Staying Safe Online | Safety Net Kids -

With lots of kids using the internet nowadays, it is very important to help them keep safe from any online vulnerability. For kids of all ages, do not share any personal information to anyone.

Online safety | NSPCC -

"The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? That’s where we come in."

NSPCC NetAware -

Advice for parents on how to keep your children safe online

Click on the link to gain an understanding of the Apps and Games your children are using


More useful links:

UK Safer Internet Centre 

NSPCC Share Aware -

Get Safe Online -

ChildNet International -

NetSmartz Workshop -

ThinkUknow (Parents) -

UKCCIS – Advice for Child Internet Safety -

CEOP (YouTube Channel) -

Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service  -

South Yorkshire Police Crime Prevention

For Students

NetSmartz Workshop -

ThinkUknow (8-10yrs) -

TeensThinkUknow (11-13yrs) -

TeensThinkUknow (14+ yrs) -


Please Note: Hinde House Secondary is not responsible for content on external websites