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At Fairfield, online safety is an essential part of our curriculum and our Personal Development programmes. We ensure students know how to use the internet and social media safely through assemblies, form time, Experience Days and subject lessons. We safeguard children from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material whilst in school and have appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems in place. We also have a clear policy on the use of mobile technology in school.

The internet plays a huge part in many young people’s daily activities; allowing them to communicate freely with others and share information with ease via messaging apps, social media and gaming networks. At any one time they can access a variety of different apps, such as TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp. With so much of their lives being online, it is important for young people to consider how their online behaviour and choices can have an impact on themselves, and others. Online networks and communities can provide a positive experience for young people. As a parent, you can support your child with these sites by focusing on the positive uses, showing them how to block and report and showing an interest in their online lives. Below you will find guides and links to resources to help you keep your child safe safe online. Please remember that social networking sites and messaging apps require users to be 13 to use them.

National Online Safety

Parents at Fairfield are invited to join National Online Safety for free. National Online Safety provides videos, webinars and guides for teachers, parents and children focusing on online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. Click on the link below to to provide your details to create an account.

Fairfield guidelines on internet safety

At Fairfield we guide our pupils to follow these key guidelines:

  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number;
  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore;
  • Keep your privacy settings as high as possible;
  • Never give out your passwords;
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know;
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online – report people suggesting you do;
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are;
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online;
  • Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.

If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried, leave the website, turn off your computer (if you want to) and report it to a trusted adult or CEOP.

Five ways to get support – Childline

  • Talk to someone you trust like an adult, or you can always talk to a Childline counsellor
  • Report bullying and abuse directly to the website or app
  • Delete things you’ve shared that you’re worried about,or find ways to hide them
  • Tell the police by making a report to CEOP if someone is threatening or blackmailing you
  • Plan for the future and change your privacy settings so it doesn’t happen again

Further Advice

The following websites offer parents, carers and children a wide variety of information and support about staying safe online. 

Online Safety Guides for Parents

The following guides have been produced by National Online Safety and Internet Matters to help parents support their children with e-safety. 

Fairfield High School for Girls
Fairfield Avenue, Droylsden, Manchester, M43 6AB
Email: Tel: 0161 370 1488
Fairfield High School for Girls is an Academy Trust. The Trust is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Company number 07511610, Data Protection Registration Number Z2574365.