Online Safety and Security
Online safety and security is a fast moving and important field. The school believes that it is vital to give parents and carers access to useful resources so that they can help keep their children safe online. Please take the time to browse the resources below or contact the school if you need further advice.
"The school’s work to keep students safe online, known as e-safety, is exemplary. Students know exactly how to stay safe." (OFSTED 2015)
Online Safety at Priory
Reporting a concern
If you need to you can also use our anonymous reporting service, Whisper - click here for details.
Our Online Safety Working Group
Priory has an active Online Safety Working Group including parental and student representatives who meet regularly. Suggestions for discussion or any other input from parents and carers is most welcome - please email the E-Safety Officer in the first instance.
Feedback from our parents and carers about online safety is very important to us and helps to shape the advice we give out. You can view the results of our most recent survey here.
Our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for students
All our students sign an AUP when they start at Priory. It sets out our expectations for their behaviour when using computers at the school, of which staying safe online is a key component. You may like to discuss it with your child - please click here to download a copy.
Advice from the school
or you can view our most recent Technical Tips Presentation
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. We promote SID at the school in various ways such as assemblies, posters and online safety quizzes for students and staff.
You can read some general advice here.
For advice on the safety tools available on all the main social networks, click here.
To learn how to quickly set up parental controls on all the major platforms, click here.
For more specific guides to various online platforms, click the helpsheet links below.
If you are concerned because your child has already got into trouble online, you can download a very useful advice booklet here.
If you have other children of primary school age take a look at the NSPCC's Share Aware site :
The Know IT All CD
This is an excellent resource for parents produced by ChildNet International - you can access it online.
Computer security advice
How to check the suitability of video games
Gaming is a massive and enjoyable part of most young people's lives, but it can involve problems via possible exposure to age-inappropriate material, abusive online communication, risky behaviour or hidden costs. You can help keep your child safe by being familiar with the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) system which rates video games according to their content and suitability for different ages. You can access the main PEGI website here including their searchable database of games.
3 : Suitable for ages 3 and older. May contain mild violence in an appropriate context for younger children, but neither bad language nor frightening content is allowed.
7 : Suitable for ages 7 and older. May contain mild or unrealistic violence (e.g. violence in a cartoon context), or elements that can be frightening to younger children.
12 : Suitable for ages 12 and older. May contain violence in either a fantasy context or a sporting action, coarse language, mild sexual references or innuendo, or gambling.
16 : Suitable for ages 16 and older. May contain explicit or realistic-looking violence, strong language, sexual references or content, gambling, or encouragement of drug use.
18 : Suitable for ages 18 and older. May contain graphic violence, including "violence towards defenceless people" and "multiple, motiveless killing", vulgar language, strong sexual content, gambling, drug glamourisation, or discrimination.
Your child may have watched one of CEOP's Thinkuknow films at school; they are a great way to start conversations with them about what can happen online and what they can do about it. The films may also be a good way for you to learn about some of the pressures young people may face, what can go wrong and what you can do about it. Ask your child if they have seen any of the films below - why not sit down and watch one together and discuss the topics? We would recommend that you watch the film on your own beforehand so that you’re aware of the topics it covers.