Online Safety Information for Parents

Our children are growing up in a world of ever-changing technology. While we feel that the use of technology is a largely positive aspect of modern life, we cannot ignore the risks that can be associated.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online 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.



  • Great for research
  • Cheap or free communication and collaboration
  • Easy to create and publish content and get it noticed
  • Great for children to develop further job skills as fun hobbies
  • Introduces children to the world of commerce and business
  • Encourages creativity and individualism
  • Children feel they have ‘ownership’ of the internet


  • Cyber bullying
  • Online privacy and personal information
  • Reputation management and ‘digital footprint’
  • Inappropriate material
  • Illegal downloads and copyright infringement
  • Spam, phishing, viruses and malware
  • Children lying about their age to get onto social networking platforms with a 13+ age limit


The best outcome regarding e-safety incidents, cyber-bulling and online harassment with school-aged children is always to persuade the pupils to see the consequences of their actions and remove the material of their own accord.

Much better outcomes are seen when children decide for themselves what is and is not acceptable and self-regulate their actions. Schools and parents have a huge role in providing this guidance first, rather than imposing rigid rules and sanctions as an initial measure.


Under these child protection features, harassment and bullying reports go to the top of the queue for 13 to 16 year olds and material is more likely to be deleted by Facebook. Also, uninitiated contact by an adult who has no friends in common or other connections to a child will be automatically flagged by Facebook, and all chat, posts and messages will be monitored for an unspecified period – possibly up to six months. If there’s anything of concern it will get forwarded by Facebook to law enforcement. However, this only happens if the child is between 13 and 16 and has provided their correct age.



Time spent on the internet:

  • The estimated weekly time spent using the internet at home in 2013 increased with the age of the child: 6.7 hours for 5 to 7-year-olds, 9.2 hours for 8-11-year-olds and 17.0 hours for 12-15-year-olds. (Source: Ofcom).
  • As in 2012, 12-15-year-olds still spent as much time using the internet as watching television. (Source: Ofcom).
  • One in five 12-15s with a social networking site profile say they visit it more than 10 times a day. 85% claim to visit their profile at least one a day. (Source: Ofcom).

Children and social networking:

  • In 2013, 12-15s are less likely than in 2012 to say they have set up a social networking site profile (68% vs. 81%). Compared to 2012, there has been no change in the proportion of children agred 5-7 (2%) or, 8-11 (22%) with an active social networking site profile. (Source: Ofcom).
  • Nearly all 12-15s with a social networking site profile have one on Facebook, with growth in the use of Twitter since 2012. (Source: Ofcom).
  • 75% of 8-15-year-olds lie about their age when signing up to Facebook. 50% of parents are aware of this. (Source: Stop web bullying).

Internet safety issues:

  • 79% of children use the internet at home unsupervised. (Source: Childnet).
  • 69% of young people say they don’t like their parents checking up on their online activities. (Source: Childnet).
  • 49% of young people claim they have given private information to someone they have met online. (Source: NCH).
  • 31% of 9-18-year-olds who use the internet at least one a week have received inappropriate, unwanted comments. (Source: NCH).
  • 57% of child internet users have come into contact with inappropriate online material. (Source:NCH).
  • 57% of child internet users have come into contact with inappropriate online material. (Source:NCH).
  • 1 in 12 children have met face-to-face with someone they first met online. (Source: NCH).

Advertising and information:

  • 40% of 9-18-year-olds trust most of the information on the internet. (Source: NCH).
  • 8-11-year-olds (70%) are more likely than 12-15-year-olds (48%) to believe that the information on sites such as Wikipedia is all or mostly true. (Source: Ofcom).
  • 73% of online adverts are not clearly labelled as such. (Source: Childnet).

Key tips:

  • Know what your children are doing online.
  • Be aware who your children are talking to online.
  • Keep computer and internet access in a shared family room.
  • Explain why your children should not give out personal details online.
  • Explain to your child that nothing is private on the internet – anything can be copied, whether it be private pictures, comments or messages.
  • Point out that your child should always consider what an employer or partner might be able to find about them on Google in 5 to 10 years’ time.
  • Avoid replying to junk, spam or phishing emails, or opening attachments which might contain viruses or malware.
  • Teach your children to be sceptical about information they read online.
  • Ensure your child does not meet up with online friends unless accompanied by a parent/carer.
  • Creating a positive environment where your child can be open and inquisitive and feel confident discussing their online experiences, whether positive or negative.
  • Teach your children how to block and report any behaviour or content

Please see attached documents to give you more information on E-Safety:

Parents Guide about Momo

Parents’ Guide to E-Safety

NSPCC Online Safety Guide

Information and Online Resources

Supporting Young People Online

E-Safety for Parents

Living with Technology Presentation

Please click on the links below for information on how to make electronic devices such as mobile phones safe for your children to use the internet:

Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Xbox one
Xbox 360
Playstation 4
Playstation 3

Pokemon Go App Safety information


Useful resources and links for parents

Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, it aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them. 

Internet Matters
A comprehensive web resource with a wide array of tips and advice on how to navigate the online world with your child. Some of their guidance we attach below but you can find even more by visiting the link. 

National Online Safety
National Online Safety’s mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. The link above provides up to date information about a wide variety of social media apps and platforms your child might be using.

The NSPCC are the first to admit that the internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? That’s where the NSPCC come in. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, their tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.

Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people. Packed with resources it is a great resource for parents.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) is part of the National Crime Agency and their website can be used to report if you are worried about online abuse or the way someone is communicating online.

The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.

SafeToNet is technology that educates children “in-the-moment” as they use their device. It is a safeguarding assistant that helps them become responsible and safe digital citizens. Its power lies in a smart keyboard that detects risks in real-time. It steers children away from trouble by filtering harmful outgoing messages before they can be sent and any damage can be done.

Online-Safety Contracts

Please click here to read our children’s Online-Safety Contract and click here to read our Parent/Carer’s Online-Safety Contract.

If you would like any information about Online-Safety please ask to see Miss Aggus or to find out about our computing curriculum, Mrs Witting.

Parents guides on Internet Safety