Online Safety

Recent information and support

In the fast evolving world of digital technology and social media, it is critical that students (and parents) are aware of both the benefits, but dangers too. There are far reaching implications, including an impact on future employment, if young people use web based technology inappropriately or unsafely. We will continue to highlight safe approaches to this life-changing technology, alongside the numerous benefits on quality of life. We held a ‘Staying Safe Online’ evening for parents in January 2017; see our news item here We also presented at the Marske Community Partnership on eSafety in May 2017. Our most recent documents are posted below.

Safer Internet Day - February each year

Useful Websites for Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day 2016 –
Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre –
NCA / CEOP – Think U Know –
Get Safe Online Free expert advice –
Action Fraud –
Cyber Street Wise –
ChildLine –
Stay Safe Online –
Parental controls Xbox 360 –
Parental controls Xbox One –
Parental controls PlayStation 4 –
Redcar and Cleveland Safeguarding Children Board –


E-Safety and Cyber Bullying


  • ICT is an everyday part of people’s lives and schools are making increasing use of new technology.
  • At Outwood Academy Bydales we have systems in place to protect your children.
  • We recognise that we encourage students to go online for work out of school where there is less supervision and they have more freedom.

Golden rules to safe Internet Browsing

  • Children should ideally only add on social media sites people they know and trust in real life.
  • Some predatory paedophiles can convincingly pose as another teenager and may spend months or years ‘grooming’ the victim until they meet face to face.
  • Children must always be accompanied by an adult if meeting an online friend in person.
  • Don’t ban children from these sites; they will just use them at friend’s houses or on their phone, personal media player or hand-held games console.
  • Take an interest and suggest they add you as a friend so you can keep an eye on them when they first join.
  • Have the main computer in a communal area of the home where there is passive supervision and be reasonable about time online. Talk if you feel it’s getting out of hand (but remember how many hours you spent watching TV when you were their age – the internet is at least active not passive and they can learn a lot from it.
  • If they have a wireless laptop and you want to stop them going online after a quota of hours is up, unplug the ‘router’ where the phone line comes into the house.

What to look for on a website

  • The CEOP report button is the online equivalent of dialling 999.
  • We need to train young people, just like we do with 999, to recognise it and know how to use it if they need to.
  • Look out for good websites that have the button built in.
  • Some websites refuse to add the button, so visit direct:

Online bullying/ Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

  • Children can be unkind to each other online. Bullying is not new but the technology has changed making it is easier to track and prove who is responsible.
  • If you suspect your child is having a problem, the evidence will be on your computer. If you can print off copies of messages and screen shots of web postings (ctrl + prnt scrn) we can investigate.

Want to find out more about understanding and stopping Cyber bullying?