Perseid School

Online Safety

The internet is an integral part of our lives and opens up so many positive opportunities for connecting and learning. Unfortunately, being ‘online’ also has the potential to be harmful for users if the correct safety measures are not in place and we know that children and young people with SEN are particularly vulnerable towards the risk and dangers surrounding online content.

At Perseid, online safety is of paramount importance for our learners.  We filter and monitor content accessed by pupils (and staff) in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 and Meeting digital and technology standards in schools and colleges (see "Roles and Responsibilities" below for further information)

Computers can be a valuable support for the students in our school and we know our learners enjoy using their devices to access the internet for both learning and leisure. To ensure their safety, Perseid strives to develop staff confidence in online safety and identifying and responding to concerns. We also enable our learners to recognise risks online and to be a part of regular, open conversations regarding online safety. There are many fantastic resources which can support the whole school community in making the internet a safer place for children. 

For more information about safeguarding, please click here.

Useful Resources


There is a wealth of information on the NSPCC website, which supports parents with tools and advice which will help you keep your child safe. Find out more on the NSPCC website.

National Online Safety

Perseid School has also joined National Online Safety, an online hub created to support the whole school community in making the internet a safer place for children. The website hosts a number of specialist training courses and guides in key topics related to keeping children safe online. These can be accessed by the whole school community including staff, parents and pupils. All parents and carers are able to access the website by signing up via this link.


Thinkuknow also recognise that young people will be spending more time online and have created 15-minute activities you can do with your family to support their online safety on the Thinkuknow website.


 Roles and responsibilities in school:

EVERYONE is responsible for the effective safeguarding of pupils. 

Our Lower School Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mia Dodsworth, is our nominated online safety leader in school.

Mia is responsible for the following:

  • procuring filtering and monitoring systems
  • documenting decisions on what is blocked or allowed and why
  • reviewing the effectiveness of our provision
  • overseeing reports

They are also responsible for making sure that all staff: 

  • understand their role
  • are appropriately trained 
  • follow policies, processes and procedures
  • act on reports and concerns

David Erridge is the school Governor with responsibility for safeguarding, including online safety.  David ensures that Mia and the school staff team are going above and beyond the statutory requirements.

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