The ever expanding online world that young people have access to provides them with many wonderful opportunities. However, it can also present risks and challenges, and we, at Southampton Hospital School, want to help to ensure that your child is aware of these risks and can protect themselves from potential dangers.

We take seriously our responsibility to help keep children and young people safe online, whether or not they are using Southampton Hospital School’s network and devices or other networks within the hospital that are not within our immediate control. We know children can spend a lot of time online when they are an inpatient. We are also aware that some of our young people may have had sustained periods of non-attendance at school and therefore rely heavily on social media to maintain friendships and connections with their regular life.

We therefore want to work in partnership with children, young people, their parents, health practitioners and other agencies to promote young people’s welfare and help them to be responsible in their approach to online safety.

Safety in the curriculum

Children learning how to keep safe is integrated into many areas of our curriculum, and is explicitly taught through PSHE, RHE and RSHE.

The PSHE, RHE and RSHE curriculum is delivered in a bespoke manner at SHS, and tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. This will include online safety where there is a clearly identified need.

The aim of all teaching sessions is to develop children who have the knowledge and understanding of how to be healthy in mind and body and keep themselves safe. E-safety is an essential part of our this curriculum as it affects the lives of adults and children alike. As the internet and social media are so integral to all our lives, it is important that our pupils and parents are kept up to date with current issues.

Children in all year groups will spend time exploring and discussing issues that relate to being safe online and the impact it has on their lives personally. These are important lessons that have had a real impact on how children in our school use the internet.

The nature of our provision also means that we can often work closely with individual children and encourage them to have open and real conversations at their level that can impact them in a personal way.


E-Safety Policy

Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement

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Advice for adults

CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals.

Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.

Useful Numbers

Freephone and confidential
• 0808 800 5000 is the NSPCC number for adults to call if you have concerns about children
• 0800 1111 is the NSPCC number for children to call

Where you can find information on how to report any incidents

About being a ‘digital citizen’ and using technology responsibly

Key information about how to have a conversation with your children about staying safe online

Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.

Comprehensive advice and a wealth of resources – an excellent page of useful information and resources.

The ultimate guide on how to talk to your kids about screen addiction, cyberbullying, safe messaging, self-esteem, smartphones, tv, video games, cybercrime and more.

Bark special projects team
Interesting video documentary regarding online predators.

Twitch – a guide for parents and carers
Twitch is a platform for live video streaming, with a minimum user age of 13. It is available as a website or app. Live videos can feature any activity, however, much of Twitch’s content is centred around gaming.
In this blog we look at what Twitch is and explore some key things for parents and carers to be aware of.

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Disney+ Parental Controls and Privacy Settings
Disney+ has broadened their content to include more adult themed media under the banner of Disney+ Star. This new feature includes more films, TV series and documentaries aimed at more mature audiences. To work alongside these new titles the platform has enabled some privacy features which parents and carers can use to restrict certain content for younger members of the family.

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