Online Safety

Staying safe on the Internet is one of our key responsibilities at Mayfield.

We do this by employing various technologies that filters the school’s Internet connection, using classroom management tools and capture software, which is constantly monitoring a user’s computer.

Social Media

As Parents and Carers, it is important to make yourself aware of the multitude of Social Media Applications for mobile phones and tablets available, and its features so that your child can use their Apps safely.

Below are a number of popular Apps that your child is likely to be using on a daily basis. 
You can click the links below to learn more about each App and its features.

An increasingly popular App amongst young people in 2020 is the Houseparty App. Click below to read an article on its features and how to keep children safe whilst using the App.

What is the Houseparty App? What parents need to know

What you need to know about Live-Streaming. 

Live-Streaming is a growing trend amongst children and young people across the globe. The National Online Safety team have designed a guide to inform Parents and Carers about the potential dangers of Live-Streaming and how they can help control the associated risks. Live-Streaming Guide

Useful Links

If you want to report a case of online abuse please do so by clicking the icon below.


Below are some links to websites that may help you secure your computer further such as safe searches on Google and websites with information on staying safe online.    

Parent Zone are teaming up with Google to launch more interactive parent sessions throught the Summer. These short online events – livestreamed on YouTube and led by Parent Zone's experienced team – are designed to

  • introduce the Be Internet Legends programme to parents
  • swap tips and tricks for making the most of tech at home
  • give parents the opportunity to ask any questions about online safety 
  • share fun, free resources for families

ThinkuKnow offers great advice for children, parents and teachers about how to have fun online - but stay safe. The site covers games, mobile phones, chat, social networking and more. There is also a great guide explaining how you can keep your child safe while they are off School.

The NSPCC is dedicated to stopping cruelty to children. The website offers advice and publishes the free Childline number for children to call as well as the NSPCC helpline.

A large US based resource for eSafety and parenting news, articles and resources. Instructions on how to configure Google and YouTube to provide only safe and filtered search results.

Enjoy the Internet safely: Click Clever, Click Safe


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Latest News

17th Mar

Updates for Schools & Coronavirus

Updated guidance for education settings on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions. What you need to know: staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal.   if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home.   clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products.   supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues. The updated guidance can be found here: ( Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group. Recording school pupil absences Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance. If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they should be marked as absent. It is for headteachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances. Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance. Handwashing advice The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. Watch this short NHS film for guidance: ( Department for Education coronavirus helpline The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday) Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends. If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline. Where to find the latest information Updates on COVID-19: ( Guidance for educational settings: Guidance for social or community care and residential settings: Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: Educational resources: Latest Department for Education information: Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS). To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here: (  
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