E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Holy Cross Primary School . We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed. e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. You can find out how to do this by downloading the instructions at the bottom of the page.
Websites for more information
Please click below to go to the relevant site.
The National Crimes Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) have a website which is suitable for children aged 5-16 and a section just for parents/carers with advice and information.
Childnet gives lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
NSPCC: www.net-aware.org.uk and www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety The NSPCC have produced resources for parents, including Net Aware, a tool which reviews some of the most popular apps.
National Online Safety has lots of guides about popular apps and games such as Fortnite, Minecraft, TikTok and lots more.
ChildLine: www.childline.org.uk The ChildLine website has a wide range of info and advice on both online and offline safety. There is info about online gaming, grooming which can be shared with children. They also provide a helpline for children: 0800 1111
UK Safer Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk UK Safer Internet Centre provides a wide variety of advice and guidance to help you discuss online safety with your children. There are useful checklists for privacy settings on social networks and suggestions to consider before buying devices for your children.
Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org Internet Matters bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online. It has a tool which guides you through how to set up parental controls on all the different devices in your home to protect your children.
ParentINFO is a collaboration between ParentZone and CEOP. There are useful guides and articles on helping your child stay safe online.
BBC “Own It” Website and App: www.bbc.com/ownit and www.bbc.com/ownit/takecontrol/own-it-app The BBC Own It Website aims to help children aged 8-13 “be the boss” of their online lives. The website has a range of videos and activities to explore with children and even has a helpful app which can be installed on children’s devices to help them use technology responsibility.
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.
Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
The government has also provided help and advice:
Support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online harms, includes advice about specific harms such as online child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying
Support to stay safe online includes security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls.
We are always here to discuss any help you may need or concerns that you may have.