Online Safety

Three post-16 students talking

Dear Parents/Carers,

Online Safety is one of the key issues that children face today, as well as presenting significant challenges for parents/carers in keeping up-to-date with the ever-changing world of social media.

I would like to share with you some resources to support you and your child(ren) in ensuring that they stay safe online.

A charity called SWGfL have produced an excellent set of free downloadable checklists giving advice on the safe use of the following apps via the following link:

SWGfL Social Media Checklists

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Roblox
  • Netflix
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat
  • TikTok
  • Yubo

To further help you navigate the minefield of the internet and social media, the academy has invested in a website called National Online Safety. You can get a free parental login which allows you access to a host of helpful resources. These include:

  • guides on the latest social media trends, games and apps that teenagers access
  • advice and guidance on how to deal with issues like privacy, sexting and mental health
  • courses you can take yourself on eSafety which you can go through at your own pace

In order to access the resources on the National Online Safety website, please use the link below to create an account:

National Online Safety – Create an account

As a starting point, the courses we would recommend completing (depending on your child’s age) are:

  • Annual Award in Online Safety for Parents & Carers of Children aged 11-14
  • Annual Award in Online Safety for Parents & Carers of Children aged 14-18

Lastly, a reminder that we share the National Online Safety #WakeUpWednesday link on our Wilmington Academy Facebook page, as it shares top tips for online safety and healthy online habits.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Devlin
First Deputy