At Prior Heath we take online safety very seriously and we teach children how to be safe on the internet. The children are regularly reminded of our Think then Click (PDF, 149.63 kB) online safety rules which are on display in every classroom. We regularly reinforce online safety and take part in Safer Internet Day every year. Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Further information can be found on the UK Safer Internet Centre website http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/. This website has a Parents/Carers section which includes information about setting up the parental controls on your home internet and on devices like smart phones, tablets and games consoles together with resources aimed at primary aged children.
The following websites have been recommended to us and provide important information about staying safe online:
CEOPs (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Think U Know: The Think U Know website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ provides information on internet safety and the sites young people like to visit. It is separated into sections relevant for 5-7 years, 8-10 years and 11-16 years. There is also an informative Parents/Carers section.
Hector’s World™ We use the the Hector’s World Safety Button™ in school which is a child-activated safety tool that the children can use if something on-screen upsets or worries them. This has been created by the New Zealand charity Hector’s World Ltd. (HWL) http://hectorsworld.netsafe.org.nz/ which is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Zealand’s online safety group NetSafe. Hector Protector™ and his undersea friends are available in the UK because of an education partnership between CEOP and HWL. Hector’s World® is a free online learning resource for children 2-9 years of age. The Hector’s World Safety Button is available for parents to download from the Hector’s World website http://hectorsworld.netsafe.org.nz/parents/hectors-world-safety-button/
NSPCC: The NSPCC’s Keeping Children Safe information includes advice about online safety. Their resource Net Aware (, 4 kB) has recently been updated and is now available as a free mobile app for iOS and Android. Net Aware is a parents’ guide to 50 of the most popular social media sites, apps, and games that young people use.
Childnet International: Childnet International http://www.childnet.com/ is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. Here you will find top tips, games and internet safety information to help young people get the very best out of the internet and stay safe online.
Internet Matters:Internet Matters http://www.internetmatters.org/ provides advice on important online safety issues, news and advice from industry experts, guidance on setting parental controls and filters and reviews on the latest technology and apps.
Parentzone: https://parentzone.org.uk/ provides information and advice for families including some useful parents’ guides.
Social Media Information: The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCISS) has produced the practical guide “Child Safety Online” for parents and carers whose children are using social media. Whilst we don’t expect infant aged children to be using social media, it may be informative for parents who also have older children.