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Keeping Safe Online

In an increasingly digital world it’s important that our students, parents and carers know about e-safety, which stands for electronic safety. This is more than just about keeping safe on the internet, but on all electronic devices and knowing about potential threats when online. It is also about knowing what you can and cannot legally do online and how to protect yourself from some of the risks involved in using the internet.

Below are some helpful resourses for students and parents.

E-Safety and PREVENT - Advice for parents

On school devices your child is protected from unwanted content with our Smoothwall firewall;. This blocks websites and reports to us what content your child has been trying to search. This can include the use of racist terms in which case these will be logged and followed up as part of our safer corridors process.

Unfortunately, children can be influenced by the content they see and watch online and this includes the risk of radicalisation. So how do you spot this happening at home?

Signs to look out for include:
• No longer hanging out with friends or family and wanting to isolate
• Changes in the way they talk and talking as if reading a script
• Not wanting to discuss their views or not being able to
• A sudden change in attitude towards others
• Increase levels of anger
• Increasingly secretive, especially around their internet use- i.e. shutting down the screen as you walk in
• Children at risk of radicalisation may be victims of bullying and have low self-esteem which makes them want to feel connected to group online. They can be targeted as they will believe they are part of something special and at first may seem happier. Once they have been targeted the extremists will start to brainwash them cutting them off from friends and family.

It is worth noting here that these signs do not necessarily mean a child is being radicalised as a lot of the signs could be attributed to normal teenage behaviour.

What you can do
• Check their profile picture is not offensive
• Ensure they are using computers and phones in a shared living spaces wherever possible and not alone on devices.
• Speak with your child about what they do online what games are they playing, and do they know the others on the game?
• Ask them to show you some of their favourite sites
• Show an interest in who their friends are online
• Ask them how they decide who to be friends with 
• Try and get them to friend you online too
• Agree the amount of time they spend online and the sites they visit
• Make sure your child knows how to block a website/ contact
• Talk to them about not keeping secrets with people they befriend online

Below are some websites to help.
Educate Against Hate Parents’ Hub - resources and government advice for parents and carers on keeping young people safe from extremism, including online.
Let’s Talk About It - support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.

Reporting a concern
If you are concerned about a student or young person at Comberton Village College email the PREVENT Lead, Sean Pollock and If this is of an urgent matter, please call 101 or in an emergency always call 999.

Further information on PREVENT can be found here.



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Managing the risk associated with self-generated imagery

Home Truths is Internet Watch Foundation's latest campaign to help prevent the creation of self-generated child sexual imagery online. 


Reporting online behaviour

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Report Remove: Remove a nude image shared online | Childline


Internet Watch Foundation - Gurls Out Loud Campaign

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