Primary School

Keeping Our Children Safe Online

Staying Safe Online

The school will help children to learn about staying safe online, but recognises that the primary responsibility for online safety at home lies with parents and carers. Your help is now needed to help your children adopt safe use of the digital technologies at home.

It is important that we are all vigilant when children are using devices and act to ensure they are protected from people who may pose a risk to them. Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to illegal, unwanted or unpleasant content, comments or activity online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.

We know that new apps and sites appear daily online and it would be unrealistic to ask parents and carers to understand all of them. The sites and services that your child likes to use may change regularly, but the messages they need to keep themselves safe will remain the same – think before you post, be kind online and ask for help if something makes you feel worried, upset or uncomfortable.

If your child wishes to download a new app then we would recommend considering some of the following points:


  • Take an active interest in your child’s online life and talk with them about how they use technology.
    • Ask your child why they want to use the app? How did they hear about it?
  • Discuss with them how they will keep themselves safe and make sure they know:
    • How to block and report other users and content
    • To speak to a trusted adult if they see anything or something happens online that makes them feel worried, upset or uncomfortable.
    • About websites such as ChildLine and CEOP? www.childline.org.uk  and www.thinkuknow.co.uk


  • Make sure that you understand how the app works so you can decide if you are happy for your child to use it. You may even wish to set up an account yourself first.
  • Consider:
    • Does it allow video chat or the sharing of images?
    • Does it allow user to communicate with ‘random’ strangers?
    • Does it allow anonymous chat?
    • Does it allow in-app purchases?
    • Can you restrict access to the content that your child shares?
    • How will your child’s personal data be used by the app?


  • What do other people (i.e. other parents and carers) have to say about the app?

Age Restrictions

  • You can usually find age restrictions within the apps terms and conditions. This is not the same as the app/google store rating.
  • The age limit for many popular social networking sites is thirteen. This is due to American Legislation called COPPA. The age limit is not based on suitability of content and instead applies to any website, app or online service which collects, stores or uses children’s personal information. Some apps will have age limits of 18+ as they are exclusively designed for use by adults.
  • If children use apps that are aimed at an older age group then this may leave them vulnerable to being exposed to unsuitable content (including advertising), as well as being contacted by strangers.


  • Many popular apps will have ‘help’ and ‘safety’ sections, either within the app itself or via its website. Some apps will even have content specifically designed for parents and carers.
    • www.saferinternet.org.uk has some useful parent guides which highlight safety tools on popular devices, and signpost to report mechanisms.
  • Does the app have any privacy settings? If so then help your child to apply them appropriately – for example is it possible to set the app so that only trusted friends can see information they post?
  • Explore the block and report features. Can your child block or report concerning users or inappropriate behaviour?
  • If the app doesn’t have safety or help sections or doesn’t provide the ability to report and block then you may wish to consider if it is safe for your child to use.


  • Talk to your child about safe and appropriate online behaviour.
  • Consider setting up a family agreement regarding how their internet use will be supervised and how long they can spend online. Resources to help can be found at www.childnet.com and www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/
  • Apply appropriate parental controls to all devices: www.saferinternet.org.uk and www.internetmatters.org
  • Discuss your expectations about the types of content and information they should share online, rules relating to adding friends and meeting people in real life.
  • Do they understand:
    • That content posted online should never be considered to be private and may be copied and shared?
    • That they should behave online the same as they would in “the real world” and be kind?
    • How to be secure online such as by using safe and strong passwords. You can visit www.getsafeonline.org.uk for more advice

If you are worried that your child is at risk of harm or criminal offence has been committed then you can report your concerns to the Police or First Contact (Durham County Council). Please do not notify suspicious profiles of your actions, as this could enable them to delete material which might be required for any Police investigations. You can contact the Police via 101 or via 999 if there is an immediate risk to a child’s safety or First Contact (Durham County Council) on 03000 26 79 79.  You can also report online sexual abuse to CEOP by visiting www.ceop.police.uk and using the “Click CEOP” reporting button.

The School Designated Safeguarding Lead and Online Safety Lead Mr Cornforth (Headteacher) or in his absence Mrs Harker (Deputy Headteacher)  are available to discuss any help you may need or concerns regarding online safety that you may have.

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.