E-Safety at Beacon Academy

E-safety and security is an ever changing area of information technology. Beacon Academy believes it is important to provide parents and carers access to resources they might find useful so they can help keep their children safe online. Please take the time to view the following resources or contact the Academy if further advice is required.

Reporting an Issue

If you have an e-safety issue to report to the academy, please contact our E-Safety Officer, Mrs J Prowse.

Our AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) for students

All students sign an AUP when they start at Beacon, setting out our expectation for their behaviour when using information systems at the academy, of which staying safe online is a major constituent.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.

As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting the importance of online safety and digital well-being, a wide range of educational activities and events take place during Safer Internet Week, including assemblies, structured activities during Tutor Time, break and lunch times and workshops for parents and carers. Click here to read how we celebrated Safer Internet Day 2019.

Latest Guides

A Guide to Online Safety from our Head of Computing, Mr Sisley.

Media Mums & Digital Dads Workshop for Parents - A presentation pack of tips and resources for parents from our Building Digital Confidence workshop. The following documents relating to the workshop are available for you to download and print:

For advice on the safety tools for all the main social networks, click here.

Information to quickly set up parental controls on all the major platforms, NSPCC and nakedsecurity.sophos.com.

Digital Safety: Staying Safe Online - A general informational guide to internet safety with specific sections on identify theft, social media use, keeping children safe online and internet viruses.

NSPCC Netaware - A site that allows parents to share how age appropriate social media site are and highlights features that could pose a risk for children’s and safety advice on how to combat this.

National Online Safety - This organisation produces free weekly guides to equip school staff, parents and carers with the information they need to understand potential risks of the various different online platforms.

Cyber bulllying advice from BullyingUK - BullyingUK forms part of Family Lives and offers anti-bullying advice and resources to support families and schools.

National Online Safety Guides for Parents and Carers

National Online Safety produce free, weekly guides that equip school staff, parents and students with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers.

Digital Citizenship

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Tes and Schillings, have produced resources to help young people become more empowered digital citizens. Relevant to citizenship and computing curriculums around the world, these resources include simplified T&Cs for five major social media sites: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp and YouTube.

In today’s increasingly digital world, it is more important than ever that young people are able to understand and feel in control of their online rights. But more often than not, they are not even aware that they have any. The following guides take a closer look at the opportunities that the internet, and particularly social media, have to offer:

Facebook Simplified T&Cs

Instagram Simplified T&Cs

Snapchat Simplified T&Cs

WhatsApp Simplified T&Cs

YouTube Simplified T&Cs

Children's Commissioner Report: Who knows what about me?

For more general guides to the latest technologies, click the help sheet links below.

Device Help Sheets



iPod Touch

Kindle Fire



PS4 & Vita



Facebook Parents Guide

Facebook Safety Tips

Useful Help Sheets

Geolocation Issues

E-Safety for Adoptive Parents

E-Safety for Foster Carers

Dept for Education Cyberbullying Advice

Childnet Links Handout

E-Safety Tips for Teenagers

Facebook Checklist

Facebook Graph Search Privacy

What every parent needs to know about radicalisation

Online Gaming Guide

Online Reputation Checklist

UKSIC Top Tips

Webcam Guidance

E-Safety Conversation Starters

What I Can Do Right Now Checklist

Supporting Young People Online

If you have other children of primary school age take a look at the NSPCC’s Share Aware site :

The Know IT All CD
An excellent resource for parents produced by ChildNet International.

Computer Security Advice


The term ‘sexting’ is used to describe the sending and receiving of sexually explicit photos, messages and video clips, by text, email or posting them on social networking sites. To find out more click here: www.internetmatters.org

This site is excellent for Parents and Carers to learn more about this topic

How to check the suitability of video games

Gaming is a massive and enjoyable part of most young people’s lives, but it can involve problems via possible exposure to age-inappropriate material, abusive online communication, risky behaviour or hidden costs. You can help keep your child safe by being familiar with the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) system which rates video games according to their content and suitability for different ages. You can access the main PEGI website here including their searchable database of games.

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Age Ratings


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CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Videos

Your child may have watched one of CEOP ‘s Thinkuknow films at school; they are a great way to start conversations with them about what can happen online and what they can do about it. The films may also be a good way for you to learn about some of the pressures young people may face, what can go wrong and what you can do about it. Ask your child if they have seen any of the films below - why not sit down and watch one together and discuss the topics? We would recommend that you watch the film on your own beforehand so that you’re aware of the topics it covers.