The issues surrounding online safety are very important to us at St. Gregory’s and our pupils often use the internet as part of their learning.
We educate our pupils in how to stay safe in the online world through regular e-safety lessons. However, raising awareness is not just taught through Computing, but is weaved through the curriculum so that pupils recognise its importance in their daily lives so that the children develop their knowledge and awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond.
We understand that as technology is evolving, close supervision of the internet is harder at home, so this page contains some useful websites and guides for social media.
Also see our updated Online Safety Policy on our Policies and Documents page.
Parental controls are designed to help you protect your children from inappropriate content they may come across when they use the internet.
The link below provides more information about how to set up parental controls so that you can limit access to age appropriate content, usage times and monitor activity on personal devices.
The following websites are useful for parents further guidance and support:
- CEOP YouTube Channel - videos about different aspects of e-safety for parents.
- Childnet International - for teachers and professionals.
- Common Sense Media: Game Reviews - check the games that your children are playing. Giving honest and clear reviews of the game and its content.
- Facebook Safety Centre - guides to Facebook settings.
- Internet Matters - a guide to help you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet.
- Internet Watch Foundation - the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content.
- Report Online Terrorist Material (gov.uk) - report illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet. Your report will be treated anonymously.
- UK Safer Internet Centre: Parental Controls - how to set up parental controls offered by your home ISP.
Useful Websites for Children
These websites contain various resources, advice, tips that are suitable for children of different ages.
- BBC Own It - advice for children on online safety.
- Childnet International - for primary children.
- Safety Net Kids - tips for staying safe online.
- Sandwell eSafety for Young People - find out what's good, what's not and what you can do about it.
- ThinkUKnow - learning resource for children.
Social Media Guides
Social Media is a great way to communicate with friends and family but it’s important to manage controls on various platforms.
We have added some guides below for different forms of social media to keep your child safe so that their information stays private, their posts are positive and that overall their usage is responsible, healthy and enjoyable.
- Guide to Facebook Messenger
- Guide to Instagram
- Guide to TikTok
- Guide to WhatsApp
- Guide to YouTube Kids
Here are some useful documents, guides and links to support understanding and knowledge of e-safety:
- A Parent’s Guide to Facebook
- How to set up Facebook Privacy Controls
- How to set up Parental Controls on the Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
- How to set up Google Safe Search
- How to set up YouTube Safety Mode
- Inspecting E-Safety in Schools (Ofsted)
- Keeping up with Children on the Internet (Childnet International)
- Kidsmart: Be Smart on the Internet
- Online Gaming: An Introduction for Parents and Carers (Childnet International)
- Online Safety Tips for Parents of 6 to 10 Year Olds
- Online Safety Tips for Parents of 11 to 13 Year Olds
Parents' e-safety tips for children under 5.
Parents' e-safety tips for children from 6 to 10 years.
Parents' e-safety tips for children from 11 to 13 years.