Top 10 safety tips for families

keeping children safe in a digital world

To these, we would add to just one more:

With children online, there comes a risk of online harm or abuse. Children's online activity continues to be a concern to adults at home and in school.

If a child ... is spending 3 hours or more a day on a screen they will develop mental health issues, anxiety or depression.

Professor Barry Carpenter OBE


Keeping children safe on-line

If an App has an age limit this is the MINIMUM age a child could use the App safely. 

02 and NSPCC online safety helpline 0808 800 5002 (9am-7pm)

Parent's Guide to Internet Safety

E-safety in School

We use the internet and technology to enhance learning. We include e-safety in the curriculum as part of ICT and Personal, Health and Social Education, including Sex and Relationships Education.

When logging on, pupils click to agree to terms and conditions before accessing our server or the Internet. A 'firewall' restricts searches meaning sites including some social media sites like Facebook cannot be accessed by staff or children in school. Nevertheless software is never a catch-all and our first port of call for e-safety is to teach safe use. Safe use includes understanding that online activity is not private. Safe use teaches children that individuals are responsible for what they post, view and participate in. Safe use includes only using apps and sites that are appropriate for your age. We strongly recommend that as primary age pupils, our children only message each other electronically through Google Hangouts linked to their school @kingsmead email address. 

Mobile hones and other electronic devices.

Experience tells us that children of primary school age are too young to fully understand implications and responsibilities that come with unsupervised access to phones. While we accept that parents and carers know their children best, we will not accept responsibility for distress and issues caused by children's inappropriate use, out of school, of electronic devices. The exception is our Google Hangouts and Google Classroom which are linked to an @kingsmead email address; here we are happy to take responsibility! 

We address electronic bullying as we would any other form of bullying or harassment in line with school policy. We would bring misuse of phone messaging to parents' attention in order that they can provide robust challenge, monitoring and support for their children.

We take no responsibility for loss or damage to phones in school. From September 2020 the ban on phones will be enforced and any phones found in school will be confiscated. Our policy for supporting social and emotional development and behaviour references that we regard mobile phones as prohibited items and sets out steps we may take if we believe a mobile phone has been brought into school.

Stranger Danger

The risk of meeting unsafe people is far higher online than out in the community.

Children should be taught and learn that the person they think they are talking to online may not be the person they are talking to. Children might have met an online friend, think they're a child their age when in fact the person can be a much older person, an adult, online because they intend to harm or exploit vulnerable children.

This means it is much more important to teach about peer pressure. It is also more important that adults at home and in school to do all we can to prevent children encountering content they are too young to process. Many sites with content aimed at children have a minimum age of 13 or even older. On these sites children can see and hear content which is beyond their developmental age. They become desensitised to what is risky and inappropriate and so the risk of them becoming vulnerable to grooming increases. This also increases the risk of age inappropriate 'knowledge' finding its way into their play. 

A good rule is if an online 'friend' is not the same as a friend you have met and know in real life. We advise against any online friendships for primary age children who are too young to understand the differences or dangers.

Responsible parents and carers will want to restrict the Apps their children use as well as the time they spend on computers.

www.net-aware.org.uk allows you to insert an app or game name and information is displayed re pros, cons, age appropriateness etc. Many Apps are designed with compulsion to click built in. 

Google education

Google Education is an online platform we use to communicate with children and families at home through Google Classrooms; it is our Virtual Learning Environment, our school online. It is invaluable for communication, sharing information, home learning and for those times when children are at home but well enough to learn (e.g. when observing the 48 hour rule after vomiting or diarrhoea).

We share responsibility for its safe use with children, their parents and carers. We have set up Google Education so children do not receive any advertising. Teachers may post links to internet sites that they have monitored and checked. 

We allowed children to use Google Hangouts during lockdowns. Children were isolated from each other and the risk/benefit analysis indicated the benefits of chat online were greater than risks from this social media app where school could see what they were doing. 

Information about Google Education and GDPR 

School's Responsibility

Adults' Responsibility

Child's Responsibility

Advice for children (and parents)

The internet, invented by and given freely to humanity by Tim Berners-Lee, has changed the world. Supervised use of the Internet can enrich children's lives. Children, parents, carers and teachers, share responsibility for it being used safely and for good.

'Imagine that everything you are typing is being read by the person you are applying to for your first job. Imagine that it's all going to be seen by your parents and your grandparents and your grandchildren as well.'

Tim Berners-Lee

We all enjoy and treasure images of our family and friends. Our new born baby, first steps, family events, holidays and school events are moments we all like to capture in photos or on video. We then have the added and exciting dimension of adding our images and video to our social network, such as Facebook, YouTube and many other online websites. This means that we can easily share our photos and video with family and friends. 

Whilst this is naturally useful, in schools and educational settings we do need to protect and safeguard all children and staff in our school, including those who do not want to have their images stored online. 

Online images and video 

What should we think about before adding online any images or video? Are there any risks? 


What we do

We ask parents and carers for permission (annually in September) for use of images of children.

What we ask of families

At Kingsmead Primary School we are happy for parents and carers to take photos and video of school productions and events for personal use on condition that these images are not distributed or put online. 

This is to protect all members of the school community. 

Thank you for your support.