Being online is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world.
The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
Online safety is a fundamental part of our school's safeguarding and child protection measures.
Our online safety policy sets out the approach we take when teaching our pupils about keeping safe online. We also recognise that we have a responsiblity to keep our pupils safe out of school hours. We foster an open environment where children, staff and parents/carers are encouraged to ask any questions and participate in an ongoing conversation about the benefits and dangers of the online world.
It is important that parents know what their children are accessing online. We need to know the right questions to ask and our children must know that they should always talk to us if they are unhappy or feel unsafe when online. We subscribe to the National Online Safety who have produced short help guides to support parents/carers. New content will be added when it is released.
Below are some useful links to help keep your child safe online. Click on the link to visit the page.
- Think u Know - internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- NSPCC – Links to resources about all aspects of child safety, including online safety
- Net Aware – This websites tells you everything you need to know about social media the apps your child might be accessing
- Internet Watch Foundation – An internet hotline for the public to report websites with potentially illegal content
- Safer Internet – Guidance to support online safety for parents of children working at home
- Childnet - A registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people
- CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) is part of the National Crime Agency
Age Restrictions - Social Media, Apps & Games
It is important to remember that the legal age to have accounts on most social media sites is 13 (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Tik Tok).
Use this website to search for guides, age ratings and information on a range of the latest social networks, apps and games.