Online Safety – Advice and Guidance

Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Christopher Pickering Primary School.

The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As children move up through the school their  access to various  types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of  various online risks.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the online safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

Online Safety Policy 2021-22

It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

At Christopher Pickering, we follow the SMART rules when working online.

If you would like to share any information or require any further support please do not hesitate to contact  your child’s class teacher.

Your help is still needed to prevent children accessing inappropriate material at home by way of filters and parental controls. Look below at our extensive list of links and resources for Parents/Carers, Teachers and Young People to help you with your child’s online safety at home.

Keeping children and young people safe online is one of the biggest challenges facing society today and it is all of our responsibility to ensure that children are educated to make positive, informed choices when they are online.


 This 2021 guide by Knowsley CLC, provides an up to date guide to the parental controls that can be put onto a range of devices.

It is essential that we set these age appropriate parental controls to prevent our children from accessing an viewing inappropriate and adult content.


Search Engines

Within school, children are encouraged to use search engines to search for information. This is something they also enjoy at home but some of the more common ones can easily access inappropriate content. No search engine is 100% safe, however, suggestions below provide links to some more of the ‘safer’ search engines.

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Thinkuknow. An Introduction to Parents and Carers

This presentation introduces parents and carers to the ThinkuKnow education programme by CEOP by The National Crime Agency. Some of the resources are used from ThinkyouKnow are used at Christopher Pickering Primary to help us teach, protect and empower your children about these sensitive subjects. It highlights some of the resources available for parents and reminds how you can be safe online.


10 Top Tips for Parents

Helpful links for Parents and Carers

 Help and advice for families in a digital world. Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading                                                                                         experts and organisations.


Highly recommended is the Thinkyouknow website. Click the image to go to the website and get the latest safety information.

This is an education initiative by CEOP – the UKs national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling sexual abuse of children


This contains detailed information regarding specific topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and downloading. A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. Why not use our conversation starters for parents and                                                                                           carers to get the ball rolling?


CBBC Stay Safe is a super internet survival guide for you and your children. Here are the tips and tricks you’ll need to stay safe online, beat the cyber-bullies and become a super-surfer.



National Safety Online has an array of guides for a variety of platforms with tips of how to stay safe on them.



Further Resources

XBox safe gaming

Remote Education Safety for Children

TikTok Letter and Guidence





Parent Guide to IPad Safety

Parent Guide to Nintendo Safety

Parent Guide to Playstation Safety

Parent Guide to XBox Safety