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St Michael's C.E. Primary School

St Michael's C.E. Primary School

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Safety in Computing


e- safety

The way society interacts with technology is constantly changing. Children and young people are often the experts in this.
As time goes on, our children can people spend a lot of time online – it provides chances for  them to socialise, explore, have fun and even do homework... 
Unfortunately, with all these positive uses, also comes some risk.  It is very easy to become daunted by this. We all want our children safe. The key is to provide children with the tools to protect themselves and to make sure that use of internet enabled technology is supported and monitored without hampering children's learning. 
The NSPCC advice is : 'Preventing your children from using the internet or mobile phones won't keep them safe in the long run, so it's important to have conversations that help your child understand how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.'
Children at St Michael's have been provided with internet safety talks and assemblies, discussing themes appropriate to their year groups by 'Think U Know'.  Internet safety is also an integral part of our Scheme of Work 'Switched On Computing'.
 Below are links to both the Think U Know website and the NSPCC website among others for further information and support. 
Internet Matters

Here are some tips to help at home.

  1. Have the conversation early and often. Children can sometimes see online as a seperate world. keep it part of yours.
  2. Explore online together. Children can then bring up their own questions. 
  3. Know who your child is talking to online,  if children feel comforatable talking to you about this, they are more likely to tell you if something feels wrong. 
  4. Set rules and agree boundaries together. Children need ownership of their safety too. 
  5. Make sure that content is age-appropriate. Children percieve things differently to adults-even when they are otherwise quite mature. 
  6. Use parental controls to filter, restrict, monitor or report content, but be careful - they cannot replace you. 
  7. Check they know how to use privacy settings and reporting tool.  Set their privacy settings to medium or high. Without updating their privacy settings, anyone can contact them and their profile information is visible.
  8. Explain to them that they should not share personal information with people you do not know, such as your address, school, parents name, etc
  9. Children often share their passwords. Know your child’s passwords and discuss that passwords are “secret” words and should not be shared with friends.
  10. Children sometimes leave themselves signed in at friend’s house on someone else’s mobile device or computer. We suggest that you remind them to always be sure to log out
  11. Age restrictions on social media mean that children in our school should not be accessing these. When they are old enough, please make sure that children understand that it is not a good idea to 'friend' someone they do not know in real life. If your child receives an unwanted friend invitation be sure to encourage them to tell you, help them ignore the request and also block this person from contacting them again.


  1. Cyberbullying April 2015.docx
  2. E-safety Policy 2014
  3. Safeguarding Policy 2015
  4. social-media-age-restrictions