Tips for parents, carers and students about staying safe online and where to go for more help.
Advice from our students
The winning films made by students for the Online Safety Video competition.
Stranger Danger Online by Maxwell Silver, winner of the 2015/2016 Online Safety Video competition.
Made by a Year 7 student in 2014/15 - winner of the Online Safety Video competition.
Online safety at Varndean School
What we do
- An introduction to staying safe online for Year 7s in their first half term at Varndean through their Computing lessons
- Personal and online safety workshops for Year 8 as part of the High Impact Day programme
- A four week Learning for Life curriculum in the summer term, focussed on Years 7-10, and which includes topics such as sharing content safely, engaging with others responsibly, digital footprints and personal safety
- A celebration of Safer Internet Day through our 4 school assemblies
- An annual "staying safe online" video competition. Watch the message from last year's winner below.
For parents and carers
Advice from internetmatters
Advice from the NSPCC:
Safeguarding contacts at our school
or 07809 343617
Kerry Tester - Safeguarding Officer
Lynn Hill - Director of Finance and Operations (in school contact during school holidays)
William Deighan - Headteacher
Please contact Headteacher's PA
All contacts listed above can also be contacted via the main switchboard on 01273 561281.
Our safeguarding (child protection) policy at Varndean school can be found on our policies page.
Worried about online safety?
If you need immediate help or have a real emergency, call 999.
- Talk to someone you trust - an adult in your family, your school base, your form tutor or another member of staff
- Report it to us by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Report to CEOP who can help and protect you if someone has acted inappropriately online towards you or someone you know. It could be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone asking to meet up.
If you need someone to talk to, you can talk to Childline about any problem you are worried about, for example bullying. They are available 24 hours a day and can talk to you in confidence. The number won’t appear on your phone bill. You can call them for free on 0800 1111 or visit their website.
In February 2016 during the week of Safer Internet Day 2016 we ran a set of workshops for parents, carers and students about staying safe online. You can find out more about these, watch the films and download the presentations from the sessions, as well as a copy of the presentation from the assemblies run for students during the week, via the news item.