Online Safety

It’s important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media – Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat – is 13 years old.

E Safety

E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

At Home

As a parent, you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. 

You can download a simple checklist at the bottom of this page that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face.  Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online

At School

As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. 

Parent Resources

To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we’ve suggested a few internet sites at the bottom of this page which are fantastic resources, they contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.

Privacy settings are an important part of keeping our young children safe and you can find out more information about them here

Here are some helpful documents for you to download and keep.

1. Parenting-in-the-digital-world-presentation

2. Internet-Matters-Leaflet-Toolkit

3. Check list for parents

4. Fortnite Factsheet

5. Instagram Factsheet

6. Tik Tok Factsheet

7. YouTube Factsheet

8. Snapchat Factsheet

Jessie and Friends

To see the latest information for parents on how to keep their 4-7 years olds safe on line, please click here

Smartphone Safe

If you would like to know more information on how to keep your child safe when they are using a smartphone here is a very useful and informative link here

Internet Safety Resources

There is a great new online safety tool designed for parents launched by the Department for Education called Parent Info.  It’s has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp – a guide for parents.


  • Childnet is a great website resource for parents and children on online safety.  Click hereto watch an interactive video on how to keep your child safer online.
  • Think U Know has a great section for parents and covers topics such as gaming and talking to strangers.  You can also search by topic or age range to find information that is relevant for your family.  You can find the sitehere
  • Internet Matters is another great site to use – it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to  your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat.  You can visit their pages here Internet Matters.


You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying Here

You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here

For information from the NSPCC on online safety during Coronavirus click here

Here are quick links to a range of Internet safety sites that you may find useful too…

NSPCC NetAware

Safer Internet


Internet Matters

CEOP Police


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#DITTO is a free online safety magazine from esafety adviser, Alan Mackenzie, aimed at schools, organisations and parents. The content looks at risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.  

You can find the latest edition of #DITTO here:

CEOP: Government National Crime Agency and Information/Education

Useful links from the main site include: “Think you Know? which provides information and guidance for different age brackets and parents and carers:

 CEOP think you know 

How to…guides (Think U Know)

A useful  cartoon, created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOPs), is particularly useful for younger children 

         You can see the cartoon on YouTube by clicking here

digital parenting Digital Parenting” magazine online version
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Netware is a NSPCC supported parents’ guide to the social networks children and young people use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world. Click on the links to visit the websites.


           Your guide to the social networks your kids use (NSPCC)

The site also has a parent’s guide to the game Fortnite. 

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 Staying safe on Minecraft | ParentInfo

“It’s an interesting question-how to make the most of the devices and websites available, but still ensure our children are protected from seeing or doing things online that are unsuitable for them or inappropriate for their age.” Digital Parenting Issue 3 2015. online1.gif

Technology is a key aspect of learning at Overton CE Primary, from the use of kindles and tablets to laptops and video recording studio kits.  We take every step to ensure the children understand their responsibilities in their use of technology and are aware of the potential dangers and the steps they should take to keep themselves safe online.

We have hosted online safety days led by a specialist ICT consultant culminating in a presentation to parents to support them with their roles and responsibilities in helping protect their children online.  We also distribute issues of Digital Parenting which gives practical help, guidance and links to further advice.  We work with parents to highlight issues relating to their children’s use of mobile phones, tablets and age appropriateness console games.     

Below is an overview of the tips and advice:


Below are links to useful websites related to online safety for adults and children, using parental controls and general tips and advice:

internet matters 



Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online.  A particularly useful link is the step-by-step guide to getting parental controls setup:

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British Board of Film Classification (BBFC); classification of material:




Age certification for games:



Advice for parents, digital parenting sections with “how to” guides:


Online bullying advice:


Online bullying advice:


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Staying safe online:

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Reporting inappropriate contact online

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 Reporting inappropriate contact online