Safeguarding and E-safety.


At Old Hall Drive Academy we work to:


  • Provide a safe environment for all children;
  • Support children and families using early intervention strategies;
  • Notice and take appropriate action to help any of our children who are either at risk of, or are suffering, harm or abuse including physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect.

You can find out more about our Safeguarding policy on our policy section of this website.

Staying Safe on the Internet.

It is vital our children know how to make sure they are safe when they access the internet in school and at home. We share rules every time we use the internet to remind our children the importance of staying safe as well as what to do and what not to do when they use their digital devices such as computers, tablets, mobile phones and game consoles.

These rules are split into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage and can be found below.

Think before your click: Staying safe online for Key Stage 1 

Think before your click: Staying safe online for Key Stage 2 

E-safety doesn’t finish at the end of the school day. Many children will go home and access the internet on any number of devices from desktop computers to laptops and notebooks to tablets to mobile phones to games consoles. It can be an ever-changing world for parents and carers , knowing what children are doing and what app and software they are using.

Below we have listed a number of apps and websites that children often use and how you can help them stay safe when they use them.

Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go is a game where you collect and trade cute creatures called Pokémon (pocket monsters). It is one of the first popular games which uses ‘augmented reality’ (AR). This is a kind of cross between real life and an online world. The games makes it look like Pokémon appear in real life places by using the GPS and camera on your phone. It became a huge craze over the summer and has become popular again due to a recent update. This guide below will take you through what you need to know about the game and how you can help keep children using the app safe.

Pokémon Go: Tips and advice for keeping children safe.

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A Guide to Using Social Media. 

Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences and accessing them from a range of devices.
However social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a huge part in preventing them from turning into problems. This guide below can help you discuss these issues.

Further advice can be found using this link - Tips to help you guide your child’s use of social media platforms.


A Guide to Facebook.

The minimum age for Facebook is 13. Facebook is probably the most widely used social media network across the world. Facebook allows you to create a page about yourself. You can add friends, share images and videos, write on peoples pages, share posts, send instant messages and join online groups. Like most people, children use Facebook to share special moments with their loved ones and include captions, emoji's and loca-tion points. However, there are potential e-safety risks and dangers to Facebook and this guide will help you find out what they are and how to prevent them.


Staying safe with Facebook 

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A Guide to Snapchat.

The minimum age requirement to be able to use snapchat is 13, unless the child has parental or carer permission. Snapchat is a photo and video sharing app with a twist. The media you send disappears in seconds after they’re viewed. You get to decide how long the photo or video will ‘live’ for, from 1 - 10 seconds after it is viewed. There are potential e-safety dangers and this guide will help you find out what they might be and how to deal with them.

Staying safe with Snapchat 

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A Guide to Instagram.

The minimum age requirement for Instagram is 13 years old and can be found in the terms and conditions. Instagram is a simple photo and video sharing app with a huge and growing following, especially among young people. Like everyone, children use to capture special moments and to continue conversations in a fun way using photos, filters, comments, captions, emoji's, hashtags, location points and links elsewhere to talk about things and share interests. There are still potential e-safety dangers and this guide will help you find out what they might be and how to deal with them.

Staying safe with Instagram 

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A Guide to WhatsApp

The minimum age to use WhatsApp is 16 and this can be found in the terms and condi-tions of the app. WhatsApp is an instant messaging app, which lets you send messag-es, images and videos to friends. More recently you are now able to call and video call your friends. WhatsApp allows the user to create group chats to allow the user to chat to multiple people at once. There are potential e-safety issues and dangers, and this guide will help you find out what they might be and how to prevent them.

Staying safe with WhatsApp.

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A Guide to Netflix Parental Controls.

Many families have signed up for a video on demand online service. But how do you manage what your children watch - or buy? Netflix can be viewed on lots of devices including tablets and games consoles so children could be watching programmes and films without parents/carers knowing. This handout looks at how to set up effective parental controls on video on demand services online, and how to prevent young people viewing content or spending money services that you don’t want them to.

Netflix guide to parental controls. 

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