Online safety

Information for parents

Online Safety is not only about Social Media - it covers all communication that happens using any technology e.g. texting, gaming, emails.

In a society where technology is prominent and ever changing, it is important we are teaching our children how to behave safe online. In school, we have adopted an approach that is about educating our children how to navigate around the internet safely and not shielding them. For example, we are aware that the majority of children regularly view YouTube. So, we now use YouTube within class and regularly discuss protecting ourselves online. 

We appreciate that this is a fairly new phenomenon and so if you want any information at all, please don't hesitate to contact your child's class teacher or Miss Caldwell.

If you have any concerns that you would like to share and cannot make an appointment, you can do so on form below.

Spring 2 - 2018

This half-term we will be educating our children about the following Online Safety topics:

- Years 1 and 2 - 'My Creative Work' which focuses on copyrighting

- Years 3 and 4 - 'Show respect online' which focuses on comments online and how to respect everybody and eveyrthing

- Years 5 and 6 - 'How to cite a site' which focuses on copyrighting and acknowledging people's work

Please find below a link to with advice to support your knowledge of Social Media platforms.

We have been made aware of a new app called Yellow that poses potential risks to users. Please watch the video below for more information:

Video support


May 2017

Our school is committed to educating children to create digital citizens who contribute to the online world in a positive and considerate way. Here are some resources and links to websites that maybe of interest to you.

Social Media

You can find some practical guidance for parents and carers whose children are using social media by clicking here.

Facebook is the most popular Social Networking site on the internet. It was launched in 2004 and has an estimated 1.94 billion users. You can find more information about how to protect yourself online, how to report issues and how to deactivate your account here.

Instagram is a photograph and video sharing application and is particularly popular with children and teenagers. For further guidance of how you can stay safe when using Instagram, how to report any issues or how to deactivate your account click here. allows users to create, share and discover new videos. It allows users to create short videos of themselves dancing, performing or lip-syncing to music and to share them online via their app. As with other social media sites users can set their profiles to private or public. You can access more information about by clicking here.

Snapchat is a messenger app that allows you to send photos, videos, text and drawings. The unique feature of Snapchat is that the message only stays on the recipient’s phone for a matter of seconds. Further guidance on where to find privacy settings, report abuse and deactivate your account can be found here.

Whatsapp Whatsapp is a free messenger app that enables users to send messages, images, video and audio using the internet and is popular amongst children. Further information on how to restrict access to whatsapp can be found here.

Online Gaming

Online gaming has changed the gaming world for our children, they can now play against other gamers at any time. This world can be scary for parents who don’t necessarily access these games themselves. Practical advice for parents can be found here.
It is worth noting that games are subject to similar age ratings as films are. The system for rating games is called the PEGI rating, we would encourage you to familiarise yourself with these ratings which can be found


There may be occasions where you need to report incidents that happen while online, this could be due to inappropriate language being used on a gaming platform, online bullying or another form of abuse. If you need to make a report to CEOP, this can be done here:

If you need to report something to a social networking site or a gaming provider you can find contact details of most of the popular social media and gaming providers by clicking here.

Want to speak to an expert?

Childline and O2 have teamed up to offer a free helpline for parents for any queries you may have regarding online activity, this could just be simple queries about online gaming or parental controls. The free phone number is 0808 800 5002.


March 2017

Merseyside Police have recently issued an Online Safety Newsletter for parents, teachers, carers etc to provide information about apps that have been brought to their attention that can cause harm or risk to children. The document has been published as at January 2017 and has some crucial information. Please take a look in our document section.


Online Safety Day

Today (07.02.2017) is National Online Safety Day. The children in Key Stage 2 have taken part in several activities focused solely on keeping safe online. It was a great day with opportunities for children to meet all staff across the key stage as the moved around throughout the day. The children have produced some fantastic work. Following these series of events, a newsletter will be issued to parents with some findings. 

The whole week is focused on Online Safety and so Key Stage 1 will be taking part in activities throughout the week.


eCadets coffee morning

On Friday 27.01.17 and 02.02.17, parents of those children who are eCadets in KS2 were invited to a coffee morning to learn more about what the children will be teaching on Safer Internet Day. We focused on the impact photographs can have when uploaded and our digital footprint. It was lovely to see the different views of adults to children and look at how things online can be misconstrued. Take a look at some of our photographs. 


Vodafone - Digital Parenting

Vodafone produce a Digital Parenting magazine. This is a fantastic resource with lots of support included. Additionally, they have lots of information on their website. We have ordered copies of this magazine and it will be sent out as soon as it arrives. I have also attached a PDF document of this and previous issues.


Apps - 18.01.17

The NSPCC have released information regarding apps that children are frequently using. These apps can be downloaded on any mobile device. Some apps are clear that they allow communication between users and others not so clear. I urge you to check the apps your children are using and engage with the security settings - some may allow you to set their profile as private and some don't have this facility. It is crucial that usage is monitored. Below is the link and I have also attached a document that contains this information.


Online Safety Coffee Morning - 19.12.16

Parents of children in years 4, 5 and 6 were invited to attend a coffee morning with Miss Caldwell learning all about aspects of Online Safety. We looked at age restrictions on social media platforms and how to remove adverts. Additionally, we browsed a child friendly search engine which has recently been launched to try and limit any inappropriate content that appears. The parents were very engaged and even took parent in a Question and Answer session with their children which allowed both parents and children the opportunity to see what the other believes. I will be offering another coffee morning session at the end of March. I have attached a copy of the information leaflet given out in the file section. I would encourage as many parents from years 4, 5 and 6 to attend. 


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