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Online Safety Information

What is  Online Safety?


Online Safety is the safe use of the internet, mobile phones and games consoles. There are a great many benefits in using information technology.  The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, it is extremely important for children to also be aware of the risks and their responsibilities online:


  • Online safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world
  • Online safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way
  • Online safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online
  • Online safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school


How can I help to keep my child safe at home?


The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do. However, children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online. Here are some simple rules to follow:


  • ask permission before using the Internet
  • only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine
  • do not use Internet chat rooms
  • do not use their real name when using games on the internet
  • never give out a home address, phone or mobile number
  • never tell someone where they go to school
  • never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the internet
  • only use a webcam with people they know
  • ask them to tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with


Here are some videos to help keep your child safe on-line:

Safe Web Surfing: Top Tips for Kids and Teens Online

Would you ever walk into a giant arena full of strangers and make it rain postcards with your phone number and home address? No? Then what are you doing publishing those details online, where anyone in the WORLD can access them?

Act Your Age: an award-winning online safety story

The winning KS2 entry in the Warwickshire ICT Development Service's Online Safety Story Competition 2016, Act Your Age is the story of one girl's discovery that playing around with online identity is a dangerous game with high stakes.

Below is a selection of links to ensure that you and your child stay safe when using the internet: