Reasons for education

ReportAbuse_thumbThe Internet has become integral to children’s lives, and we need to be able to give them the tools to use the internet safely. This is also paramount with regards to parents and giving you the knowledge to know what your children are using the internet for. At Whitburn Church of England Academy we take e-safety very seriously and education is embedded into the curriculum throughout Years 7 to 11. If you have a concern please contact the school and ask to speak to either your child’s Head of Year or Miss Smith or Mr Clougher. Alternatively click on the CEOP icon to report directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.


Here are some stats obtained from 6000 11-16 year olds through the ‘ThinkUKnow’ campaign:

  • 55% access the internet everyday
  • 47% for an hour or more
  • 21% liked IM/Chat the most
  • 15% used gaming sites
  • 11% used Social Networking sites
  • 33% had access in their bedrooms
  • 25% have met someone offline
  • 83% have taken a friend

Benefits of the Internet

The internet is a fantastic resource and can stimulate learning for your child. The internet has many positives, but you need to remember it also carries risks.

Risks of using the Internet

  • Paedophiles use the internet to meet young people
  • People lying to others online
  • Bullying using the internet (Cyberbulling)
  • Seeing inappropriate images and material
  • Viruses and pop ups

Top tips

  • Don’t share images or comments that you might regret later.
  • Don’t share personal information with online ‘friends’ if you don’t know them in the ‘real’ world.
  • Do tell your parents/carer/teacher if you have a problem.
  • Don’t click on any links you aren’t sure about.
  • Do make sure you have up to date antivirus software, a firewall and you install software updates and patches.

Go to the ThinkUKnow websiteVisit www.thinkuknow.co.uk for more information