Online Safety

We are committed to teach children life-long skills about how to stay safe online. From EYFS, children are taught how to stay safe online as part of our computing curriculum and the annual Safer Internet Day in February.

It is also essential for parents to be fully informed and have strategies in place to ensure their children’s cyber safety. Technology and the online world often change quickly, so it is vital that both school and home have up-to-date knowledge and strategies to support children online.

Top Tips for Parents/Carers 

  • Check that the apps, games, websites and films children are watching/playing are appropriate for their age. Use this guide to check if something is appropriate for your child.
  • Monitor and supervise access to devices and online content, including how much screen time children have and when in the day
  • Make sure children only make friends and speak to children online that they know in real life.
  • Regularly check privacy settings on all apps, games, devices etc.
  • Remove location settings.
  • Have open discussions with your child so they are comfortable telling you if things go wrong.
  • Ask questions to find out more information. Use this guide to support you.
  • When searching for information or images online, use  instead of other search engines.

Useful Websites for Parents/Carers 

Government recommended interactive support.

Information around a range of online topics including YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat and games like Fortnite. You will need to create a free account to read them.

Support including on well-being and children with SEN.

Support including on online issues and setting controls for children.

Support including how to discuss online safety at home.

Support including downloadable resources.

‘The Internet of Things’ or ‘IoT’

The IoT includes everyday devices such as voice and image recognition toys, smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, and smart watches.

We may not always consider the risks involved, however these devices collect personal data (including visual and audio) and can be hacked. Please monitor how your child and household are using such devices.

For further information, click here.

Reporting

We teach children to talk to a parent/carer and report if they are worried about something online. Please click on CEOP logo below to find out more.