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Online Safety


Gospel Oak School is passionate about online safety.  On induction, all staff receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training that includes online safety. All staff are aware that technology is a significant component in many safeguarding and wellbeing issues. 

Through the National Online Safety hub, all staff undertake the ‘annual online safety training for teaching staff’ which provides them with the knowledge and skills  to feel confident and empowered to help keep children safe online. Additional courses are undertaken by the SENCO, ICT Leads, mental health leads and the DSL and deputies,  to further support their role.

All staff are aware of Child on Child abuse and how it could look online:

  • Cyber-bullying
  • Online sexual harrassment 
  • Consensual and non-consensual sharing of nudes and semi nudes images and/or videos
  • Upskirting
  • Facilitating, threatening and/or encouraging:
    • Physical abuse 
    • Sexual violence 
  • Initiation/hazing type violence and rituals, which may include an online element 


We want our parents to be passionate about online safety too, so through the  hub, parents and careers can sign up to the following courses:

  • Annual Certificate in Cyber Security for Parents and Carers        
  • Annual Certificate in Online Reputation for Parents and Carers  
  • Annual Certificate in Online Safety for Parents & Carers of Children aged 11-14
  • Annual Certificate in Online Safety for Parents & Carers of Children aged 14-18

Parents can also look at the explainer videos and Guides for:

  • Copyright      
  • Gambling      
  • Gaming         
  • Mental Health
  • Online Bullying        
  • Online Information
  • Online Platforms
  • Online Relationships          
  • Privacy & Security
  • Social Media
  • Streaming
  • Technology


To comply with “Teaching online safety in school” June 2019, we use its recommended resource:  Education for a Connected World Framework in our curriculum drop down days.   The framework aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long-term behaviours, and support educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond. The Framework focuses specifically on eight different aspects of online education.

1. Self-image and Identity

2. Online relationships

3. Online reputation

4. Online bullying

5. Managing online information

6. Health, wellbeing, and lifestyle

7. Privacy and security

8. Copyright and ownership.

Through the PSHE Curriculum we embed safety into each of our three strands: living in the wider world, Relationships and Sex, and Health and wellbeing.  Students are taught about online safety and harms. This will include being taught what positive, healthy and respectful online relationships look like, the effects of their online actions on others and knowing how to recognise and display respectful behaviour online. Teachers will address online safety and appropriate behaviour in an age-appropriate way that is relevant to their pupils’ lives. This will complement the computing curriculum, which covers the principles of online safety at all key stages, with progression in the content to reflect the different and escalating risks that pupils face. This includes how to use technology safely, responsibly, respectfully, and securely, and where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Information and support

If you have any concerns you want to share with us or want to ask us for advice you can make a report direct to the school through the SHARP System

If you are a child and need help but don’t want the us to know about the issues – use  or both are free and confidential.


The following list is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point for students and parents

Support for Students

  • Childline for free and confidential advice
  • UK Safer Internet Centre to report and remove harmful online content
  • CEOP for advice on making a report about online abuse

Support For Parents and Careers

  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents
  • Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying
  • Government advice about security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls
  • Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Stopitnow resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)
  • National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe onlineNet-aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online
  • Parent info from Parentzone and the National Crime Agency provides support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • UK Safer Internet Centre provide tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online

For information on e-safety, please see the safeguarding section of the website

Contact Us

Gospel Oak School,
Bilston Road,

0121 556 1351