Internet Safety Information For Parents

Our students are growing up in a world of constantly evolving technology. Although we believe that technology is a largely positive aspect of modern life, we cannot overlook the associated risks.

Throughout school, we aim to teach children to:

  • Understand the impact of cyber-bullying and know what to do if they are affected.
  • Be vigilant when communicating online, recognizing that people may not always be who they claim to be, and be sensible about what they share.
  • Tell a trusted adult if something is upsetting them.
  • Question the reliability of information from web-based sources.
  • Search responsibly for information using internet browsers.

We recognize that much of our pupils’ internet use occurs at home, outside the school’s filters.

Below is a list of useful websites, advice, and resources to help you navigate online safety with your child. At the bottom of this page, there are resources that your child can access directly to learn about online safety.

Useful Resources and Links

Thinkuknow is an education program from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, it has aimed to provide practical information to children, young people, their parents, carers, and professionals who work with them.

Internet Matters
Internet Matters offers a comprehensive web resource with a wide array of tips and advice on navigating the online world with your child. Some of their guidance is attached below, but you can find even more by visiting their website.

National Online Safety
National Online Safety aims to make the internet a safer place for children by equipping school staff, parents, and children with the knowledge needed to understand online dangers and how to react if an incident arises. The link provides up-to-date information about various social media apps and platforms your child might use.

The NSPCC acknowledges the internet’s potential for play, learning, creativity, and connection. However, with the digital world constantly evolving, keeping your child safe online is crucial. The NSPCC offers tools and advice to help you achieve this, regardless of your level of expertise.

Childnet International is a UK charity dedicated to making the internet a safe place for children and young people. Their website is packed with resources, making it an excellent resource for parents.

CEOP, part of the National Crime Agency, allows you to report concerns about online abuse or suspicious online communications.

BBC Own It
The BBC’s Own It website and app provide content to help children navigate their online lives. The free smartphone app includes a special keyboard that offers help and support when children need it most.

SafeToNet is a technology that educates children in real-time as they use their devices. It acts as a safeguarding assistant, helping them become responsible and safe digital citizens by filtering harmful messages before they can be sent.

A Guide to Apps & Social Media

The number of apps and social media channels your child may encounter is constantly growing, as is their functionality. Visit Net Aware for the latest advice on over 70 apps, including how to limit their features and recommended age restrictions. Popular apps include:

  • Fortnite
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • YouTube
  • Minecraft
  • Clash of Clans & Clash Royale
  • Kik
  • Friv
  • Dubsmash
  • Wink
  • YOLO
  • TikTok
  • And many more

Resources for Children

Below are links children can use to learn about online safety.

Reception – Year 2
These links are tailored for younger children:

Year 3 – Year 6
These links are suitable for older children:

Useful Documents

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