recognises and values the potential of the internet and electronic technology to enhance learning and we acknowledge that this is a part of every child’s life today. This can be exciting, engaging and can significantly improve children’s knowledge and understanding of many aspects both within school and at home. We aim to teach all pupils to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
It's important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat - is 13 years old. What'sApp is 16 years old.
The Internet is forever changing and trying to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can sometimes be a challenge. Because of this, the children need to have guidance on how to use the Internet safely and positively.
Talking to your children …
It is important to have open conversations with your children about the Internet and their use of personal devices, also discussing how to deal with issues if they arise. Some children feel that if they tell a parent when something happens online, they will have their devices taken away. This then leads to the children not sharing issues with their parents. Here are some conversation starters you could have with your children:
• Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
• Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
• Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
• Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
• Think about how you use the Internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the Internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
Pupils on school premises are strictly not allowed to use social media on their phones, ipads or computers.
We are aware that some children in the school have access to family social media accounts and can access these on your home technology. These sites have an age restriction above primary school age. If you have given your permission for your child to see these sites, then you need to ensure they are safe.
· Have you set the correct privacy settings?
· Do they know not to send private messages without your permission?
· Do they know they must not upload images of someone else without their permission?
When to stop !
Whilst there are distinct benefits in using technology for learning, research shows that using phones/ipads and computers before bedtime affects children’s sleep patterns significantly. Being tired impacts their learning and concentration in school. Having a ‘Digital Sunset’ – a set time after which technology is not used every day is a good idea.
All children are familiar with our e-safety rules at school. They should also be using these at home to ensure they are safe.
Would you expect your child to know how to cross the road safely without having been taught? .... of course not !
· Does your child use the Internet?
· Do you know who your child is talking to whilst online?
· Are you aware that the photos your child may be sharing online could be online forever?
· Do you know how to beat cyberbullying?
· Do you know the power of this button?
You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking
If you feel that you are not as aware of Internet Safety (or E-safety) issues as you would like to be, we urge you to visit this superb website that has been designed to support and empower you:
And if you are worried about anything, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.
REMEMBER - The benefits of the Internet far outweigh the negatives, and it is not the technology that is a problem, it is the behaviour of some of the users.
Keeping your child safe online - A checklist for parents and carers
As a parent you’ll probably know how important the internet is to children and young people. They use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves in all types of creative ways. This may be through sharing photos and videos, blogging, gaming, or even developing their own apps. It is a place of amazing opportunities.
The technology children use in their daily lives can seem daunting. You might worry about the risks they can face online, such as bullying, contact from strangers, as well as the possibility of access to inappropriate or illegal content. To help them stay safe, it’s important that you understand how your child uses the internet.
By following this simple checklist, you can start to protect them and decrease the risks they face:
· I have asked my child to show me sites they use – By doing so, your child is including you in their online life and social activity. Show an interest and take note of the names of their favourite sites. You can then re-visit these when you are alone. Take your time and explore the space, find out how to set the safety features and learn how to report any issues directly to the site.
· I have asked my child to set their profile settings to private – Social networking sites, such as Facebook, are used by children to share information, photos and just about everything they do! Encourage your child to set their privacy settings to private. They need to think about the information they post online as it could be copied and pasted anywhere, without their permission. If it got into the wrong hands, somebody may wish to use it against them or worst of all try to locate them in the real world.
· I have asked my child about their online friends – We know that people lie online about who they are and may create fake identities. It is very important children understand this. Whether they are visiting a social network or a gaming site, the safety messages are the same. Children and young people must never give out personal information, and only be “friends” with people they know and trust in the real world.
· I have set appropriate parental controls on my child’s computer, mobile and games console – Filters on computers and mobiles can prevent your child from viewing inappropriate and possibly illegal content. You can activate and change levels depending on your child’s age and abilities. You can also set me restrictions for using the internet or games. They can be free and easy to install. Call your service provider who will be happy to assist or visit CEOP’s parents' site for further information. Explain to your child why you are setting parental controls when you talk to them about their internet use.
· My child has agreed to tell me if they are worried about something online – Sometimes children get into situations online where they don’t feel comfortable or see something they don’t want to see. By opening up the communication channels and talking to your child about the internet, their favourite sites and the risks they may encounter, they are more likely to turn to you if they are concerned about something.
· I know where to get help if I’m concerned about my child – The CEOP Safety Centre provides access to a range of services. If you are concerned that an adult has made inappropriate contact with your child you can report this directly to CEOP. You can also find help if you think your child is being bullied, or if you’ve come across something on the internet which you think may be illegal.
Visit the Safety Centre at
For further help and guidance on all the information mentioned please visit:
For support and advice during the COVID 19 pandemic :
Useful weblinks for further guidance and support:
Internet Matters – Designed for parents - https://www.internetmatters.org
Safer internet centre parents guide – https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers
O2 and NSPCC – http://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc
Helpline for parents, for technical queries - 0808 800 5002 http://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc/helpline
Share aware for children and adults - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware
Net Aware for parents – a guide to apps their children may be using. https://www.net-aware.org.uk
Think u know for parents - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here
You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites on the right of this page which are fantastic resources, They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download from their website.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child in KS2 to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe.
For more information you can download our Esafety Policy from the policies section on the school website .
Internet Safety Resources
There is a great new online safety tool designed for parents launched by the Department for Education called Parent Info. It's has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp - a guide for parents.
Childnet is a great website resource for parents and children on online safety. Click here to watch an interactive video on how to keep your child safer online.
Think U Know has a great section for parents and covers topics such as gaming and talking to strangers. You can also search by topic or age range to find information that is relevant for your family. You can find the site here
Internet Matters is another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat. You can visit their pages here Internet Matters.
Here are quick links to a range of Internet safety sites that you may find useful too...