Parents' Area

Online Safety


Online-Safeguarding and Digital Literacy

The Internet is expanding and developing at an unprecedented rate and it is a difficult job to keep on top of developments in order to ensure the safety of our children whilst they are online. We can control the access our children have in their ‘offline’ lives by limiting their access to the television, choosing suitable books for them to read and teaching them ‘stranger danger’. In their ‘online’ lives however things that we wouldn’t dream of allowing them to view can be a click away. That is unless we are aware of social media, chat rooms, explicit websites etc.

There are many ways that we can educate ourselves as parents, teachers and the wider educational community. The following is a check list from Thinkuknow the online resource for parents and teachers.

Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.

Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.

Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.

Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.

Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.

Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.

Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays, even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.

Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls.

The online magazine Digital Parenting (see bottom of this page) is an excellent resource that offers advice on how to manage your children’s


We would recommend that you talk to your child about CEOP. This is a button that they can click on to report anything that makes them feel scared or unsure. Sometimes they may have stumbled onto a site that they shouldn’t see or may be wary about questions they are being asked in a chat room. This button links them directly to a CEOP (child exploitation and online protection) team member who can help them.

Parental Controls

Would you like to some help in protecting your children by activating your parental controls at home?

Click here to visit the Internet Matters website for step by step instructions.



A great place to start internet sessions for pupils and teachers. Internet searches for information, images and games are filtered and appropriate content is displayed. 
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Online Gaming
Worried about Pokemon Go?
You may want to look here for some advice:
Pokemon Go guidance from NSPCC and Parents Zone. 
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Social Media and Networking
Netaware is a parent's guide to the social media and networking sites that children use. 
Stay up to date and keep your child safe in this digital world!


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Think You Know
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.
Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command.
Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Alongside the Thinkuknow website the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.
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