Online Safety


LIKE (soon to be rebranded as Likee) is similar to TikTok. LIKE is a free video creation and editing app that has a global community of over 200 million users who can create any type of video, add their own special effects and then upload and share them with the world.

The app is largely used to create short music videos which users can star in and edit anyway they want using the “Magic Video Maker.” Users share their videos on the platform as well as having the option to share across other social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram. Due to the suggestive content that is available on the app, it has a recommended age of 16+, although the app store rate it as 17+.

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YOLO is an anonymous question and answer app that works in combination with Snapchat. In May 2019 it became the most downloaded app in the UK iTunes store only a week after its release and with no prior marketing or promotion. It has become hugely popular amongst children, particularly teenagers, as it offers them the opportunity to join in anonymous Q&A without having to reveal their identities, which often encourages more honest and open peer feedback. It is designed to encourage positive comments from peers but if abused it can have serious drawbacks.

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Half termly focus Spring (2) 2019 — Mental & Physical Wellbeing - Healthy: Inside and Out

The half termly focus for Spring (2) 2019  is our own Mental and Physical wellbeing. More and more in the news and on social media this is indeed a hot topic. Here are some things to think about....

Connect with the people around you, family and friends. Spend time developing these relationships. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Be mindful of the present  moment, including your thoughts, feelings and the world around you.

Things we do for our physical wellbeing can improve our mental wellbeing too. Watch these short videos to increase your knowledge:
Food  |  Being Active  |  Sleep

How is your mobile changing you? Click here to find out!

PDF version of half termly focus Spring (2) 2019.

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Half termly focus Spring (1) 2019 — Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 5th February 2019

Safer Internet Day
Tuesday 5th February 2019

celebrated globally with the theme: Together for a better internet.
Click here for more information about activities to enable you to support your child and ideas on how to get involved.

In the week beginning 4th February 2019, students have the opportunity to  explore the choices they have to make online with a focus on staying safe online.

PDF version of half termly focus Spring (1) 2019.


Half termly focus Autumn 2018 — Cyber (Online) Bullying

Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets. Social networking sites, messaging apps, gaming sites and chat rooms such as Facebook, XBox Live, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and other chat rooms can be great fun and a positive experience. But what do you do when things go wrong?

Cyber bullying is rife on the internet and most young people will experience it or see it at some time. In a recent national bullying survey, 56% of young people said they have seen others be bullied online and 42% have felt unsafe online. Cyber bullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it can go viral very fast.

Help is available. Click on the links below for further information on how you can access help.

The chances are if you have a child that likes gaming, they will have asked to play the new craze Fornite: Battle Royale.

I was at a conference recently and the speaker, a member of Dorset Police, warned of the dangers of addiction, violence and possible real costs incurred during the playing of the game.

Must knows:
• Multi-player, multi-platform.
• Last player standing with violence rated PEGI 12.
• Voice and text chat available.
• Free to obtain but in-app purchases available.
• Each game lasts 20 minutes so players can end up playing for a long time.

Paul Tomlinson, Computer Science Teacher. Avonbourne School.



If you suspect someone is using the internet to make inappropriate contact with children, use the button below to alert the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), who will investigate. This does not report it to the school, but you can also contact a member of our Safeguarding team if you feel that you or another person is in danger.




Links to:

Think you know

The Safe Schools & Communities Team (SSCT) - Dorset Police

Safeguarding at Avonbourne