Please do speak to us if you have any concerns about anything your child is doing or experiencing on the internet.
Safe and responsible use of the internet is something which is growing and growing in importance – we hear so many shocking stories in the media – so please do take an active approach at home to promote your child’s online safety.
As teachers and parents, we’re aware of the ways in which the use of social media, online gaming and the internet have become part of young people’s lives.
We embrace the educational and social benefits of these new technologies and encourage responsible internet use. We’re also increasingly aware of the potential dangers and opportunities for misuse these technologies offer. Key to promoting online safety is open and honest discussions about the sites we’re using and the ways we’re using them – keep the dialogue open with your children about their internet use.
- Parents' Online Safety Guide - 2017 (pdf)
The following websites are suitable for children:
- CBBC Stay Safe - advice for children on online safety.
- Childnet International - for primary children.
- KidSMART - lots of resources aimed at children.
- ThinkUKnow - learning resource for children.
The following websites are useful for parents further guidance and support:
- BBC WebWise - films and resources on staying safe online.
- CEOP - the official site of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), containing advice and useful information and a link for reporting online abuse, exploitation or inappropriate images..
- CEOP YouTube Channel - videos about different aspects of e-safety for parents.
- Childnet International: Parents and Carers - providing a whole host of useful ways to keep your child safe, with useful pages of advice, key advice, hot topics and tips for discussing online safety..
- Childnet International - for teachers and professionals.
- Common Sense Media: Game Reviews - check the games that your children are playing. Giving honest and clear reviews of the game and its content
- Facebook Privacy Settings - a useful guide.
- Internet Matters - lots of useful advice for parents on a range of issues including cyber bullying, online reputations and online grooming. There is also a link to a useful ‘guide for parents’.
- Internet Watch Foundation - the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content.
- Mumsnet - lots of e-safety advice including a section specifically for preschool and primary.
- NSPCC Online Safety - lots of safety advice including video to watch with your children and a link to their work with O2.
- Parent Info - useful articles on a range of current e-safety issues and new apps and websites including Minecraft, Snapchat and ooVoo.
- Report Online Terrorist Material (gov.uk) - report illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you've found on the internet. Your report will be treated anonymously.
- See It Report It - this website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience.
- UK Safer Internet Centre - more links and advice for parents and children including resources linked to Safer Internet Day.
These documents are all in pdf format, and are here for you to read/download:
- A Parent's Guide to Facebook
- Facebook Checklist
- How to set up Facebook Privacy Controls
- How to make the most out of Windows 7 Parental Controls
- How to set up Parental Controls on the Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
- How to set up Google Safe Search
- How to set up YouTube Safety Mode
- Inspecting E-Safety in Schools (Ofsted)
- Keeping up with Children on the Internet (Childnet International)
- Online Gaming: An Introduction for Parents and Carers (Childnet International)
Parents' e-safety tips for children under 5.
Parents' e-safety tips for children from 6 to 10 years.
Parents' e-safety tips for children from 11 to 13 years.