E Safety

Although the school teaches students e-safety as part of the curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.

Oriel High School’s Student Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) can be found here

Each student is made aware of our AUP and are required to sign a copy when joining Oriel High School.  A copy of the schools most recent ICT & E-Safety policy can be found here as well.

Parents and students can look at the following website which has lots of information and tools to help Parents understand their child’s online activity. It also helps young people ensure they are using the internet safely and protecting themselves especially when using social media. The site can be found here www.thinkuknow.co.uk

The ‘Know it all’ website https://www.childnet.com/resources/kia/know-it-all-for-parents/kiafp-cd  also has an interactive guide to e-safety for parents.

This site lets parents search for apps that their children may have on their phones to see what the app function is, if there are any age restrictions, capability in terms of speaking to strangers etc. Parents can search by app name or app colour to find apps if they don’t know what they are or can browse the most common ones. net-aware.org.uk

At what age can my child start social networking?


Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram are also a popular forms of social media for young people. A short guide to the safe use of Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram can also be found by clicking the links below.

Microsoft Xbox tip for Family online safety

Microsoft safer online have also produced a very useful video guide that will help parents protect their children when using online gaming.

Google also provides information about using the internet in a responsible manner.  As a parent or guardian, you know what feels right for your family and how your kids learn best. To help your family navigate through new technologies, gadgets and services in an ever-changing online world, it helps to get practical advice. That’s why we continuously talk to safety experts, parents, educators and communities around the world – to keep a pulse on what works. Together, we can help nurture a community of responsible digital citizens.



What is Parent Info?

Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the content on their own website and use it in any other ways (in letters to parents etc) that they want.

This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’

In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.

To access the parent info website click on the icon below.

PEGI game ratings explained in full


Information taken from The Video Standards Council. Available here.

My teenager – A guide for parents

On occasion the school is asked by a parent for further support and advice. Many times it is quite a general concern or question. Below is a link to the NHS website relating to ‘teenagers’. It may provide some general information that is helpful for parents.