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Information on School Online Safety Assemblies

September 2017 – Assemblies to all year groups, focusing on appropriate reactions to issues encountered online. Click here

Online Safety Strategy

At Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, students use technology regularly as part of their learning. Students in all year groups receive training about how to keep themselves safe in the online world. These sessions are supplemented with age appropriate assemblies at various times throughout the year.

At present our offerings are:

Year GroupOnline Safety Provision
7Online Safety in Design and Innovation lessons during the Autumn term, with a strong focus on the issues surrounding personal behaviour online including cyberbullying, social media, sexting and protecting ourselves. In addition, several assemblies are scheduled each year*.
8 9 10 11 12 13Regular assemblies are scheduled, usually at least twice during the school year*. These include a range of Online Safety subjects and appropriate behaviour when online.

*Due to the fast-paced nature of change in this area, special assemblies/lessons are organised when the need arises or new risks become apparent. Due to the advent of modern technology, particularly internet-ready smart phones, it is recognised that lines between use of the Internet at home and school are becoming increasingly blurred. Content that the school considers inappropriate is blocked in school, but this does not prevent students accessing it from mobile devices at home or on their way to and from school.

Because of the wide range of devices that can be used to access it, banning access to the Internet completely is not practical. We try and give our students the tools and understanding with which to keep safe.

School Computer Systems

All members of the QEGS community are granted access to the school’s IT systems and are required to sign up to our Acceptable Use Policy. All users are given regular reminders about safe working practices and are subject to having access withdrawn in the case of serious misdemeanour. More minor transgressions are dealt with in line with whole school behaviour policies. School IT systems are monitored and sites that the school considers inappropriate are blocked. The activities of all users are tracked and recorded and this data is stored and may be retrieved at a later date.

Social Networking and Personal Information

Technology creates a public space where we can all network, engage and challenge. As with any public space, there are risks associated of which everyone should take precautions to minimise:

Online Safety Tips:

  • Ensure privacy settings are turned on so that only friends and family can see your personal information, including your location.
  • Never give out personal information, such as date of birth, real name, address, telephone number or location, online.
  • Only ‘friend’ people online that you know in the real world.
  • Use a nickname rather than your real name when registering online.
  • Do not post videos/images of your school, work place or home that could be used to identify your location.
  • Never arrange to meet anyone in person that you only know online.
  • When registering on web sites, give the minimum amount of information required.
  • Ensure you have anti-virus software installed and updated.

The tips above have been around for a number of years. More recently, the increase in the use of mobile applications, or ‘apps’, has meant that dangers have moved closer to home. Unfortunately, young people can get involved in risky behaviour in their own homes, and vigilance from all stakeholders is vital to keeping the young people in our care safe.

Digital Footprint

When using the internet, we are all leaving a trail of information. This could be through web sites we sign up to, comments we post or dozens of other things. This is known as a “digital footprint” and is being increasingly used by employers and further education providers to assess the character of the young people applying to them. Comments and images posted years previously can be found and may possibly affect future education or employment prospects. When considering the posting of comments or uploading of images, a general rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t print something on a T-shirt and walk through Ashbourne with it clearly on display then it is probably not safe or appropriate to post online.

What can I do?

The number one tip for keeping your child safe is to talk to them. Anyone with teenagers will know this can be difficult, but try to encourage them to talk to you about what they’re doing with technology, even ask them to teach you! Try and not be intimidated by the technology and be as open with your child as possible. Other tips include:

  • Discuss any worries or concerns your child may have in an open and non-judgemental way.
  • Remind them to keep personal information safe.
  • Set a good example. Explain why you are protecting your information and pictures.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Discourage them from “collecting friends”. Only be friends online with people you know offline – it’s the quality of friends, not the quantity, which counts.
  • Let your child use you as an excuse to be safe if they need to. Saving face with their peers by blaming Mum or Dad may give your child space to do what is right.

Further Information

Concerns about Young People:

If you have any concerns about your, or another, child, please contact the relevant Progress Leader at QEGS. Staff responsibilities can be found on the full staff list here.

Non-QEGS students: If you are concerned about any young person in respect of their emotional wellbeing or you feel that they are vulnerable to harm or abuse and you are uncertain whether they are receiving support, you may wish to contact one of the agencies listed. Many of the agencies have established links and will ensure that your concern or query is directed to the appropriate agency.

  • Call Derbyshire (Derbyshire County Council Social Services): 01629 533190
  • First Contact (Derby City Council Social Services): 01332 641172
  • First Response (Staffordshire County Council Social Services): 0800 131 3126
  • ChildLine: 0800 11 11
  • NSPCC: 080 800 5000
  • Concerns about Grooming or Child Sexual Exploitation: Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP):
  • Concerns about Child Sexual Exploitation: Safe and Sound (Derby): 01332 362120
  • Advice, support and options if you, or someone you love, goes missing or runs away. 24 Hour Anonymous Helpline: Text or Call 116 000
  • Crimestoppers UK: 0800 555 111
  • Concerns about Extremism or Radicalisation. Please see the information at:
  • The Police: 101 (999 in an emergency)

Social Media Reporting Tools:

Unfortunately, many social networking apps do not make reporting inappropriate use straightforward. As always, extreme care should be taken to avoid sharing any personal information online. Any suspicions of criminal activity should be reported to the police.

Other Useful links:

Please Note – QEGS is not responsible for the content of external sites.

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