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E - Safety

Do you know how to stay safe on the Internet? Is your profile private? Do you know what an Internet troll is?

The Internet is a great place and one that we could not live without these days. 

But we must remember that everything may not be as it seems. People who use the Internet may not be who they say they are and information you find on the Internet may not be true.

Is your child ready to learn every day?  Is their use of the internet helping their learning or is their use of the internet lowering their levels?

Every child has the right to access up to date information that is accurate and supports their learning.  The internet is an ideal way to make sure your child gets this.  Either at home, at the local library (where internet access if free), or in school on a Wednesday from 3.15pm.  Without access to the internet, children will find it difficult to expand their knowledge or practice their skills in a fun and easy to access way. 

Research shows that access to the internet, if it is used for social media, actually lowers children’s learning levels.

Shockingly research also shows that 59% of children under the age of 10 are using social media even though the minimum age limit for all apps is at least 13 years of old.  There is a direct link between children using social media (Facebook, chatrooms, instant messaging, What’s App, Twitter, Snap Chat etc).  and low grades at school as well as exposure to age-inappropriate advertising, online bullying, online grooming and exposure to sexual content. 

Research suggests that children who spend as little as 15 minutes a day using social media do significantly less well in school than children who do not use it.

Do you know the age limit for each of the apps your child uses?  Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Snap Chat, Twitter, BBM, and YouTube are all 13 years or over.  WhatsApp & Mobile Messenger is 16 years or over.  Any child is Green Dragon who uses any of these apps is breaking the guidelines – as parents please check your child’s mobile devices and delete any apps that are not the correct age rating for your child. 



    A lot of people enjoy accessing the Internet, but it is worth remembering to keep safe while in cyberspace. You might know a lot about the Internet but it is worth bearing a few things in mind.

    Many of us now enjoy access to the web via a computer at home, work, school or even on your mobile phone. It’s important to think about what kind of information you give out and keep to yourself in what you say and do.

    • Never give out any personal information such as your home address, phone number, or school to anyone you talk to online, even if you are offered free samples, gifts or information.
    • If you have your own website or pages on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace or Bebo, remember that these are public sites and anyone can see them. So...
    • Always think carefully about what you put on your site, especially photos. Instead of putting up a picture of yourself you could draw an image, or upload something a bit abstract to protect your identity.
    • Remember that people who contact you may not be who they say they are. Anyone can say that they share your interests and are the same age… but not everyone is, as they seem.
    • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting on your own with anyone you have met on the Internet. If they want to meet you, tell your parents/guardians and friends. If you still decide to go ahead and meet up, choose a busy public place and take someone with you.
    • Do not respond to threatening or obscene messages. No matter how irritating or rude they are - tell your parents/guardians, block the individual and report them to the site and/or CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection).
    • Be careful if you receive an email message from someone you don’t know. It could contain a virus at the very least, which can mess up your computer.

    Please remember that parents should not take photographs of other people’s children on trips or at school and use them on any social networking site including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.   

    Also remember that no primary aged child should have a Facebook account or be communicating with people online unless parents have access to all their communications. 

    Children under 13 should not have a Facebook account. Any child who has an account under this age who has changed their date of birth to set it up can be reported by the school. Befriending people on Facebook is not a safe thing for young children to do, you would not want your child befriending adults in the ‘real world’ and you should apply the same logic to the digital world. If your child has a Facebook account we strongly recommend that you close it down immediately and wait until they are an appropriate age. This should apply to all social media and texting etc. Keep your child safe. You do not let them go out into the ‘real world’ without you so do not let them navigate the digital world on their own either.  


     The Online Safety Quiz is your chance to show that you know how to be a safe Internet surfer.

     Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online. There’s a section for kids under 11 years old and a separate section for those over 11 years old.

    Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.


    Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

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ICT Contracts

All children should sign the following contracts. These are completed at the start of every academic year.

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