Online Safety

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Seen something inappropriate online? Worried about online abuse?

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Cyberbullying and what to do if it happens to your child!

What is cyberbullying?

From time to time we are made aware of inappropriate content on the internet which pupils have seen at home. You can report this to CEOP who will investigate and have the offending items removed. Teach your child to recognise the CEOP logo, as we do in school. Sit with them and click on it to show them what to do to report something which has made them feel uncomfortable. (This can be downloaded from or telephone: +44 (0)870 000 3344) Other ways of reporting can be found here:

How to keep your child safe online:

  • Teach your child never to share their real name, address, telephone number, photos of themselves or those taken in their home location or other personal information online, without talking to you first, even if they believe they are talking to a friend. Most children will happily say they do this but will then happily give their name to someone they think is a child online!

  • Even the best parent cannot expect to keep up to date with the latest APPs and social media used by children so ask your own child to teach you. Learn how they use and mobiles, gaming consoles, tablets etc and see what they use. Remember that you need to be on the internet journey with your child at the start and investigate each APP/stop with them! Don't be the parent who put them on the train with their first mobile and waved them off alone into the unknown.

  • Keeping devices a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience and that they are less likely to act inappropriately, however this is not practicable with the use of laptops, smaller mobile devices and tablets that are available today. If your child posts a picture or video online, anyone can change or share it. Teach them to only post pictures they would be willing to share with close family members. Anyone may be looking at their images both now and in the future and one day this could be a future employer!

  • If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or open them. Teach them about "fake news" and the fact that not everything on the internet is true.

  • Teach your child not to open messages or accept friend requests or muti-player game invites from people they don’t know. They could contain an inappropriate image, threat or bribe. Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep "online" friends online and not meet up with them in real life. Click here for parent advice on this:

  • Consider looking at your child’s texts and emails. This is a personal decision for you as a parent but if a strange adult approached your child in the street and spoke to them…would you go over and listen in or leave them and say you respect their privacy?

  • Teach children how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.

  • Always keep communication open between you and your child. Never threaten to ban or confiscate the mobile device…they will just go online without telling you! Make sure they know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Tell them you are there to support them, not judge them and you do not want to stop them from having an on-line existence. Ask them who they could tell if telling you is too hard!

  • Agree screen free times as a whole family.

  • Use age appropriate resources together with your child whatever their age.


We regularly talk to pupils about these internet safety rules...why not keep a copy up at home to remind you to talk about it as a family too?

There are always new concerns about children using various Apps, games and internet media. The 2 Johns, who many of you will know from our parent workshops, always share up to date advice for parents on: so look here regularly.

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children of all ages, both on and offline. Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe on any device. Just click on the appropriate age group below.

Access them here:

4-5s 5-7s 8-10s 11-13s 14+

Other packs to download can be found here: parents and carers website.

Technology can provide children with a window to the world, offering them lots of opportunities to learn new things, have fun and stay in touch. You might your child is spending more time online at home, playing games, scrolling through social media, or chatting to friends than you would like.

While it’s important that young people maintain social contact and have regular down time to relax, it’s vital that they know how to navigate the internet and social media safely and do not become "screen zombies."

For help and advice, visit the Essex Safeguarding Children's Board website

On the internet... (Childnet)

'On the internet' is a learning-to-read book for children aged 4 and above. The large, bright illustrations show all the different ways that the internet can be used for. Find On the internet here:

Other Childnet books for younger children include:

Smartie the Penguin (3 to 7 year olds)

Digiduck's Big Decision (3 to 7 year olds)

Other useful websites and organisations: stories, games and quizzes for 4-19 year olds aimed at keeping them safe online. online resources to keep children safe on the internet for children, parents and teachers key advice on reporting concerns and what parents need to know about the internet. Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly. A range of resources from Europe and the UK for parents. Explains the latest games and APPs and advices parents on keeping their child safe online. The Breck Foundation. A Self-funding Charity set up by the parent of an exploited child. Practical advice on setting up Parental Controls and all the latest APPs. Suggested Family ground rules when using the internet at home.