We take online safety very seriously at Onchan, teaching children about the many risks - as well as the countless opportunities - presented by their increasingly online lives. We do this through participation in special events, such as Safer Internet Day, as well as in our day-to-day teaching. However, we are aware that the vast majority of their online activity happens at home. For this reason, we feel it is vital that you as parents have the information you need to make informed choices about what apps and services your children access and the safest way to do so. The resources on this page should help to give you confidence in your ability to do this.
The Safer Schools app is available to all parents and pupils on the Island free of charge. It provides access to a wealth of resources and information, from general hints and tips about safe online practices to detailed break-downs of specific apps. If you download the app, you can receive regular updates about current trends and the risks they pose, ensuring that your knowledge about this ever evolving space remains up-to-date. To use the service, search 'Safer Schools' on the App Store or Google Play, download the app, then use your phone to scan the barcode below to get yourself logged in
From time to time we will distribute guides about specific apps or services that we are aware are causing issues. These will be stored here for reference. However, the best way to stay up-to-date is to sign up to Safer Schools as explained above.