While we recognise that the internet is a wonderful tool used to enhance learning, we are also aware of the potential dangers which children can face;

“As in any other area of life, children and young people are vulnerable and may expose themselves to danger – knowingly or unknowingly – when using the Internet and other digital technologies. Indeed, some young people may find themselves involved in activities which are inappropriate or possibly illegal.” (Safeguarding Children in a Digital World. BECTA 2006)

Our aim is to equip the children with the knowledge and skills that will help keep them safe whilst using the Internet. The most important thing we can do is to talk to our children about their internet usage, and importance of online safety.

Children are encouraged to follow the SMART Rules:

S- Stay Safe
M- Don’t Meet Up with people
A- Don’t Accept any files you’re not sure about
R- Remember, not all information on the Internet is Reliable.
T- Tell an adult when you’re unsure about something.

There are a variety of different websites which can be used to promote online safety:

  • 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 and O2, 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

The Government also provides the following links and guidance:

Please do take a look at these with your children and do come and discuss anything which you may be worried about.