Online Safety Parent Support

A Guide for parents

What is Online Safety?

Online Safety is about staying safe on the internet and staying out of trouble in places like online games, social networking sites and even on our mobile phones. E-safety includes avoiding viruses, identifying accurate information and not giving personal information to untrustworthy sources.

Why is Online Safety important?

Online Safety is important because it safeguards the concerns of children and young people. It also emphasises the importance and use of new technologies in a positive way as well as encouraging young people to develop safer online behaviours. 

What can I do as a parent to keep my child safe?

  • Keep your computer, laptop or tablet in the family room so that you can monitor what your child is accessing.
  • Only allow your child to become members of games or sites that are monitored or moderated (a monitored site should identify risks or inappropriate content.)
  • Check through the browsing history of your internet search engine.
  • Ask your child what they are playing and who they might be talking to.
  • Do not sign your child up to social networking sites such as Facebook. There are age restrictions in place many of which start at 13.
  • Regularly check your child’s mobile phone, ensuring that they are only talking to close friends or family.
  • Remind your child to never give out any personal information such as; full name, date of birth, address or telephone number.
  • Investigate child restrictions on your home internet or computer to filter inappropriate sites and content. For more advice please ask in school.

What do you do at school to keep my child safe?

In school we have filters and restrictions applied to both the computers and internet that ensure that unsafe websites are blocked, and inappropriate content is filtered. The use of our school computers is monitored and logged by effective systems, in addition to this all pupils are supervised whilst accessing the internet.

We take Online Safety very seriously at Gossey Lane, it is mapped throughout our ICT curriculum and during Safety Week with all children participating in focused Online Safety sessions and activities.

Throughout school you will find reminders and advice for how pupils can keep themselves safe on the internet, this is also included in our ‘Acceptable User Policy’ that all children sign when they join KS1.

What is an Acceptable Use Policy?

An acceptable use policy (AUP) is a policy that a user must agree to follow in order to be provided with access to a network or to the Internet. It is common practice for many businesses and educational facilities to require that employees or students sign an acceptable use policy before being granted a network ID.

All staff (including temporary members) that have access to our school systems must have read and agreed to our AUP prior to being given login details.


Click here to read the MAT E-Safety Policy

Where can I find more information about this?