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Online safety

St Hilda’s School is committed in assisting parents and carers to cope with e-safety, in line with guidance from School Improvement Liverpool.

Please click here to view a Parents guide to online safety

Please access the Children’s Commissioner Report entitled ‘Growing up Digital’ please click here

Please access the School Improvement Liverpool team’s advice to parents via this Newsletter please click here

Please access the School Improvement May Newsletter please click here

Please click here for attached a guide to some of the many apps that are massively used by young people and children that you may find useful if you are a parent. It details the age restrictions for the app and a brief description of what it can be used for. Obviously it is only the tip of the iceberg but it may well start the ball rolling.

There are a few apps that aren’t on there that are also a worry if you are the parent of a primary school aged pupil such as MovieStarPlanet and Music.aly that are extremely popular as they children can make their own videos/sing along with songs and be recorded but they are well known for being used by predators.


Useful checklists for keeping young people safe online




Dear parent/carer,

We have been offered free workshops for parents/carers and access to a parent hub that will help safeguard families from gaming and gambling related harms.

Please visit the link below for further information and to sign up.


Roy Bellmon
Deputy Headteacher Curriculum and Safeguarding

What you need to know about…

To view these posters as a PDF, simply click on the image.


Safer Internet Day 2022

Safer Internet Day 2022 is on the 8th of February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.

Speaking with young people is key to exploring their experiences on platforms where they can play games, interact with their peers and others, and take part in ‘live’ experiences such as video streaming. These platforms play such an important and positive role, providing young people with the means to interact with friends and as a great pastime, particularly during lockdowns.

However, there are some emerging safety issues in these spaces as well as issues young people have been navigating for some time; particularly the lack of respect individuals display towards each other, groups ‘ganging up’ against other groups, and the sense that it is easy to ‘get away’ with negative behaviour such as meanness, bullying and swearing. They speak about hate directed at particular groups, particularly LGBT+ users, and misogyny on gaming platforms. They tell us the apparent lack of consequences for negative behaviour has an impact on their safety and wellbeing.

We need to address these issues so that all young people understand what constitutes respectful behaviour online, and know what to do if they encounter hate or bullying directed at them or someone else. 

As a school, we have planned activities for students in their ICT lessons. There is also a lot of guides, resources and advice on the UK Safer Internet Centre to help keep your child safe online. This can be accessed using the following link:

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s safety online, or need any advice, please do not hesitate to contact school where staff will be able to help you.


Roy Bellmon
Deputy Headteacher – Curriculum and Safeguarding Lead



Talking to your child about online sexual harassment

Dear parents/carers,

You may find this report and guide for parents/carers useful when talking to your daughter/son.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you or if you have any concerns.


Mr Roy Bellmon – Deputy Headteacher Curriculum and Safeguarding


The things I wish my parents had known…about online sexual harassment (Children’s Commissioner)

The Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza DBE, has recently published a guidance document for parents helping to support them to understand online sexual harassment. It is a sensitive topic, and not one all parents feel comfortable discussing with their children.

The commissioner’s team brought together a group of 16 – 21 year olds and asked them talk about what they think parents should know, and what they should say to their children when talking about sexualised bullying and the pressures of growing up online.

Key advice from the young adults in the focus groups included:

  • Start conversations early, before your child gets a phone or social media account. Keep the conversation going over time, adapting to your child.
  • Young people want their parents to learn about new technology and trends, including risky behaviours and dangerous spaces online.
  • Create a safe and trusting home environment. Young people told us the home environment is key, they want to share things with their parents but don’t always feel able.

The report and poster ‘The things I wish my parents had known…’ can be downloaded here:

Safer Internet Day – 9th February 2021

At St Hilda’s we have always treated the topic of online safety with great importance, and even more so now that students are currently learning from home.  Consequently, we will be delivering a range of related activities to students throughout the week commencing Monday 8th February.


What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day 2021 will be celebrated in the UK with the theme:
An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world

This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores reliability online. The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction?
Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally with the slogan: Together for a better internet.


Films for 11-18 year olds

This film is aimed at children and young people aged 11-18 exploring what we can trust on the internet as part of our Safer Internet Day 2021 campaign.


Safer Internet Day 2021 – top tips for 11-18s – to view, please click here.

To visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website, please click here.

To visit the UK Safer Internet Day web page, please click here.


TALK campaign – Advice regarding on-line grooming

Please find details of the new TALK campaign from the Internet Watch Foundation

A new IWF safety campaign aims to help parents have conversations with their children about keeping their ‘door’ closed to child sexual abusers. The campaign includes a booklet for parents, explaining the risks, explaining why children are vulnerable, and suggests practice steps that parents can take.

The mnemonic used in the campaign is TALK:

  • TALK to your child about online sexual abuse. Start the conversation – and listen to their concerns.
  • AGREE ground rules about the way you use technology as a family.
  • LEARN about the platforms and apps your child loves. Take an interest in their online life.
  • KNOW how to use tools, apps and settings that can help to keep your child safe online.

For further details go to:


LGfL – DigiSafe

A collection of information sources which are really useful in helping parents to keep their child safe online. To view, please click here.


The Marie Collins Foundation – Sexual Abuse on line – Parents leaflet ‘How Can I Help My Child?’

In this booklet you will find information about what online harm is and ways you can effectively help and support your children. To view, please click here.


Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP)

CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency.

If you are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?  Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors.

If you have been a victim of sexual online abuse or you’re worried this is happening to someone you know, let us know safely and securely.

To visit the CEOP website, please click here.


UK Safer Internet Centre

At the UK Safer Internet Centre, you can find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission – to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.

To visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website, please click here.


internet  –  supporting families online

Helping parents keep their children safe online. Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.

For more information, please click here.











London Grid for Learning (LGfL) – online safety and safeguarding

During school closures, LGfL DigiSafe continues to offer specialist support at including daily pupil worksheets, parent flyers and staff guidance (e.g. safeguarding for remote teaching, safe settings and policy updates).

For more information, please click here.











Net Aware

Your guide to social networks, apps and games.

Right now, kids will be spending more time online, so we’ve got advice to help you keep your kids safe during lockdown and beyond.

For more information, please click here.











parentINFO  –  help and advice for families in a digital world

Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.

For more information, please click here.












Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer.

For more information, please click here.











NSPCC  – Online Safety

It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, we can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe. For more information, please click here.