E-Safety Guide for Parents

For information on the parental controls available on different broadband providers, click here

For information on how to set up parental controls on your home internet, click here

For the Vodafone ‘Digital Parenting’ online magazine, click here

Please see the attached presentation of slides the Junior Schools’ Online Safety evening by Mr Ian McGraw. Click here: parents

The E-safety road map across our curriculum

Below is an overview of digital safety coverage in the School curriculum:

Year group Resources and objectives Knowledge being taught
1 Using programmable toys, video cameras, the Internet, microphones Respectful use of digital camera and video recording equipment, anonymising videos, safer Internet searches, copyright material.
2 Finding images from the Internet, playing and making games, taking photographs, researching, using emails Safer Internet searches, Creative Commons licences, respecting PEGI ratings, use of photos on the Internet, anonymising and not including personal information when sharing photos including the use of geo-location data, appropriate email use, safe passwords and who to share these with, responsible use of technology.
3 Sharing Scratch (coding) projects on the community website, video recording and editing, computer networks, using emails, online surveys Safe and appropriate behaviour, restriction of personal information, respectful use of digital camera and video recording equipment, anonymising videos, encrypting data and digital ‘footprints’, some of the risks associated with email including malware attachments, hacked accounts, spam and spoofs and how to reduce the risks of exposure to these issues, legal and ethical requirements of creating and processing data online, responsible use of technology.
4 Importing images and media into software, using interactive Lego, creating music, html and web page design, creating Wikis, making and editing films Safer Internet searching, positive participation in online communities, safe use of computer models with moving parts, copyright and Creative Commons licenses including illegal downloading and file sharing, risks associated with using the Internet including the reliability of content, acceptable conduct when sharing content on the Internet, respectful use of digital camera and video recording equipment.
5 Creating and sharing content created in Scratch, cryptography and how Internet encryption works, creating 3D CAD designs, website development, blogging and online content, spreadsheets Responsible and acceptable behaviour when sharing content so that participation is a positive experience, including anonymising any personal information, an awareness of cyber bullying – what it is and what to do if faced by it, respecting PEGI ratings, what to look for to ensure information is encrypted when using the Internet, tools to aid in detecting bogus websites, password security and online identities, evaluating online content, safe and responsible use of technology, reliability and bias of Internet content, safe and effective Internet searches, being discerning when posting content online.
6 Using geo-location software to create guided tours, taking and editing films, spreadsheets, designing and programming games and software, sharing and evaluating content online, web page development, digital photography, creating and posting content online Anonymising and not including personal information when sharing photos including the use of geo-location data, appropriate conduct online including an increased awareness of cyber bullying and illegal file sharing, responsible use of technology including sustainable, ‘green’ computing, intellectual property, digital ‘footprints’ and archiving old data, Safer Internet searching and researching, including how to avoid plagiarism, use of cameras and other hand-held devices when working on location, respectful use of digital camera and video recording equipment.


For fun educational links for children to learn more about online safety (age-appropriate):


For useful advice for parents:


CEOP top tips for parents (see websites above)

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
  • Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection or a neighbour’s Wi-Fi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set is being applied.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls. 


A good way to set boundaries with your child about what they can and can’t do online is to set an agreement with them.

Here are some examples of the areas you may wish to discuss:

  • Limits on the amount of time your child spends online, or playing computer games.
  • Having regular screen breaks – at least five minutes every 45-60 minutes.
  • Not sharing any pictures they wouldn’t be happy to share with you.
  • Not giving out personal details, such as mobile phone number and address, to people they don’t know and trust.
  • Coming to you if they are concerned. Or, if not, knowing where they can go for independent help and support.

 An ‘Essentials’ checklist (taken from Vodafone’s ‘Digital Parenting’ advice)

THINK about how you guide your family in the real world and do the same in the digital world – don’t be afraid to set boundaries and rules for your child from a young age

HAVE a go at some of the technologies your son or daughter enjoys – play on the Wii together or ask them to help set you up on Facebook if you’re not already a member

TALK to your friends, family and other parents about how they help their children to manage their digital world – you might pick up some interesting tips

MAKE the most of tools like parental controls on computers, mobiles and games consoles, privacy features on social networking sites, and safety options on Google and other search engines

TRY not to use technology as a babysitter too often – we all do it sometimes but it’s important to know what your child is doing

MAKE digital issues part of everyday conversation – show your child that you understand how important technology is to them and talk about all its amazing benefits, but don’t shy away from difficult subjects like responsible online behaviour, bullying and inappropriate photos and videos 

For further useful advice provided by Vodafone:


Other sites that provide parental advice and educational activities for children:

Internet matters

Safer Internet


Know It All

Bullying UK


CBBC StaySafe