Online Safety

Welcome to this new section of your area of the Marlborough College website about Online Safety.

Digital technology and the Internet are an amazing resource which bring exciting new experiences, learning opportunities and methods of communication. Use of online resources can be and should be positive and inspiring.

However, it is also important that children, parents and professionals alike are all aware of the need to guard against the risks associated with the internet environment and to behave responsibly when using online technologies to stay safe. Marlborough College is committed to promoting safe and responsible use of online technologies and mobile devices.

There is much that is done at the College to both ‘educate’ and ‘regulate’ the pupils in their use of technology. However, we also feel it is also important to help parents understand their child’s online world, build confidence to have important conversations with their children and know where to go for help and advice.

We are hoping that this area of the website may provide you with useful information and ideas designed to keep us informed and engaged with the young people in our care as they navigate a safe passage through their digital worlds.


What is online safety?

Online safety, also called ‘internet safety’, ‘e-safety’ or ‘web safety’, is often defined as the safe and responsible use of technology. This includes the use of the Internet and also other means of communication using electronic media (e.g. text messages, gaming devices, email etc).

In practice, staying safe online is as much about behaviour as it is electronic security. When considering the possible ways in which young people in our care are at risk, the four Cs are a good format to help shape our thinking:

• Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material.
• Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users.
• Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.
• Commercialism: being affected by advertising and marketing schemes, which can also mean inadvertently spending money online.

What does it include?

In order to raise awareness, the following is a table of risks that exist online. This is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully helps provide an overview of the broad topics included in online safety.

• Online Gambling
• The Dark Web
• Online Relationships
• Live Streaming
• Sex Trafficking
• Fake News
• Online Reputation
• Overspending
• Phishing
• Popups and Advertisements
• Downloading
• File Sharing
• Sexting
• Screen Addition
• Indecent Images and Pornography
• Age Inappropriate Content
• Sexual Harassment
• Online Grooming
• Online Bullying
• Radicalisation
• Child Exploitation
• Oversharing of Personal Information

For a comprehensive glossary of ‘online’ terminology click here.

Useful links

Please see the below list of documents and links that you may find useful:

Instagram
Snapchat
Twitter
Whats App
YouTube

Further useful guides can be found here on the Safer Internet website.

Help and resources

Using safeguarding principles of ‘always taking the children’s concerns seriously’, ‘always acting in the best interest of the children’ and ‘speak out – stay safe’:

If you are an adult and you have concerns about the safety of a child/children:

Call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

The NSPCC also have a helpline more specifically for matters of Online Safety. Therefore, if you are an adult and feel you need support or advice when dealing with an issue of a child’s/children’s online safety or on more technical matters, for example privacy settings or how to block/report:

Call the free O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002.

If at any stage you feel a child is at risk or in immediate danger then phone the police on 999.

To report concerns about online safety or if you feel a crime has been committed but that an emergency response is not required phone the police on 101.

If you are concerned that an adult is behaving inappropriately towards a child on the Internet, report this to Child Exploitation and Online Command (CEOP) at www.ceop.police.uk

If you have concerns about an issue of Online Safety at Marlborough College please do not hesitate to contact the College through any of the usual channels.

Useful Websites and Resources:

https://www.childnet.com
https://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc
https://www.getsafeonline.org
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk
https://www.internetmatters.org
http://www.digizen.org
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

The ‘Net Aware’ app is a useful guide to the social networks used by children as well as containing up to date news items about online matters. It is free and quick and easy to download.

For a comprehensive glossary of ‘online’ terminology click here.