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Online Safety




 It is important that we keep our children safe when they are using the internet/social media and gaming. We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with you to ensure the online safety message is consistent. Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.  Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to unwanted or unpleasant content or comments online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.


Six top tips to keep children safe online during school closures

Source from LGFL’s Digi Safe Centre


All the popular Social Media platforms (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Tik Tok etc.) have an age restriction of 13, and WhatsApp have an age restriction of 16. Therefore, no primary school student should have a social media profile. There are good reasons for this age restriction to be in place. For example, inappropriate content, lack of maturity to use the site safely, exposing them to harmful content, risk of being contacted by sexual predators, creating an online profile which will be hard to remove in the future, placing added pressure on the child to deal with situations beyond their years. The list goes on but as parents you need to be aware of the safety implications by allowing your child access to Social Media at such a young age.  If you do allow your child to have a Social Media account, make sure you set the privacy settings to private and check your child’s account on a regular basis. 

To check age restrictions and further details on other apps please visit



The Communication Act 2003 makes it an offence to send anything on the Internet that is offensive, indecent, threatening or false and the reason for sending it is to cause the other person annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.  Remember the age of criminal responsibility in England is 10 years old. We would not want any of our children to get on the wrong side of the law, so we have to ensure they are using the Internet in a responsible and appropriate way. What can parents and carers do?

Follow the Golden Rules!

Ground Rules

Online Safety


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Online-safety continues to be a key priority for our school. With more pupils than ever gaining access to technology, and at an ever-earlier age, we want to work in partnership with our families and community to ensure children are using it in a safe, positive and responsible manner. 

Technology provides new learning opportunities – online collaboration, anytime anywhere learning and communication – but at the same time can provide additional opportunities for pupils to access material they should not, or be treated by others inappropriately. Our curriculum has a clear focus on online safety and shows pupils how to protect themselves from harm, particularly concerning cyber-bullying and dealing with strangers online. 


At Forestdale we understand a range of factors keep children safe online:


All breaches of online safety must be reported immediately to either the class teacher, the head teacher or the online safety officer

Any illegal online activity must be reported to the police at ceop (the national crime agency's child protection command)





Keeping Children Safe online:

The NSPCC has advice on how to keep your children safe online:




For further information, please visit:


NSPCC Net Aware

A guide to guide to social networks, apps and games.




Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer