Keeping safe online
Here are some areas of guidance and links to support your online safety.
Please check the following
- Ensure parental controls are set on the devices used.
- Ensure internet filters are on.
- Check any websites being used, to ensure they are appropriate for your child – especially if they are different to those mentioned on the school plans.
- Remind your child to always check with an adult before sharing any information.
If you do experience any of the following issues or would like advice, here are just a few links to guidance and support websites.
- Harmful or Upsetting content -you can contact the UK Safer Internet centre at https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
- Bullying or Online Abuse – you can contact the National Crime Agency website at https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ or the Anti Bullying Alliance at
- Mental Health and Wellbeing - you can contact https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
As during normal school days, please do inform us of any online safety issues so that we are able to keep a record of potential problems.
This article helps you think about what is possible, what can go wrong and the decisions you need to make about safe use in the home.
It includes information about how young children can make use of them, hidden costs in using them and privacy settings.
Use the list of things that can go wrong to help your family agree how your home assistant can be enjoyed safely.
Online safety activities you can do from home
Whilst children are spending more time at home and possibly more time using their devices, these great ideas from Childnet can help you teach your child about Online Safety from home. They also have resources to use with different age groups.
The NSPCC also have advice for how to have a conversation with your children about Online Safety at:
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services