At Whinstone, we take ONLINE SAFETY very seriously.  It is embedded into our Computing scheme of work and we also have special Internet Safety days.

 Online safety advice for KS2 children from Cleveland Police’s POLIT team
   Advice about APPs from Cleveland Police’s POLIT team
  Sharenting : How much do you share as a parent?

Advice from Cleveland Police’s POLIT team

   PARENTS’ Online Safety Meeting – From Cleveland Police’s POLIT team. Safer Internet Day 2018 – Feb 7th










  Think u Know is an incredible website for keeping up to date with all new APPs and technologies
Click to go read more about PCSO Jane Gibson’s morning at Whinstone talking about online safety – June 2017
   Can your child recognise the difference between fake news and real?
  Online Safety Booklet
  Online Safety advice from Stockton Council


Age restrictions for social media


Downloading office for free OneIT instructions
 WHINSTONE POLICIES…. Computing Policies (AUP and Social Media are on this link page)
social link  


Following recent incidents of abusive comments on social networking sites, including one at our school, the Local Authority have issued the following letter of guidance for parents and carers.

Cleveland Police (UK)  CYBER CRIME  Expert Advice from Cleveland Police
esafety logo lucy delaney - edited for the badgeE SAFETY  Click on the link to go to our E Safety Team’s Page. This contains videos and more internet Safety information.

CLICK HERE to download the song lyrics for the e safety song ‘Who Do You Share Your Details With?’

More E safety tips….

Exciting Esafety weblinks…. 

Click on the link  Information about the link….
think  Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the NCA’s CEOP Command. We hope you like it!
   A huge  website of resources for children, parents, carers and teachers
 bullying-uk-header-logo.png  Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets. Social networking sites, messaging apps, gaming. This website has lots of information for parents and carers.
Help arrives just in time for Digiduck when faced with a difficult decision! Follow Digiduck and his pals in this story of friendship and responsibility online.

The Digiduck collection has been created to help parents and teachers educate children aged 3 – 7 about how to be a good friend online.  The collection now includes a book, PDF and interactive app.

 smartie  A story for 3 – 7 year olds. Join in with Daddy Penguin’s song and follow the adventures of Smartie and Daddy Penguin as Smartie learns how to be safe on the internet.
 kidscape We equip young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK.
   These cartoons illustrate 5 e-safety SMART rules and include a real life SMART Crew of young people, who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, and help them make safe online decisions.
 nspcc  Lots of online information about cyberbullying and keeping children safe.
   Contact ChildLine anytime – calls are free and confidential.

The website is full of helpful hints, including information on e safety and cyberbullying.


Secure Passwords (Film about understanding the risks, creating a password that can’t be guessed and protecting it from criminals and wandering eyes)


 NSTeens_logo1 is a website designed for tweens (ages 8-12) with videos and games that teach them about Internet safety in a fun, age-appropriate way.
fbk  A comprehensive guide to Facebook for parents.

Please note that a child should be over 13 to have a Facebook page.  However, if you choose to allow this, here is some advice from



Child protection expert Jim Gamble says it’s vital for parents to get to grips with e safety.

“Many parents lack confidence in their ability to use the net. But think back to the baby that you kept safe using child-locks, safety gates, plug covers and that complicated car seat. You did everything you could to keep them safe then.

“So take 10 minutes to look up these websites and learn how switch on the filters, safety settings and parental controls for your device.

Here are the step-by-step guides… do it today.Step by step guide for protecting kids online

1) iPhone/ipad/ipod

Kids simply love these easy-to-use devices, which makes parental controls even more vital.

To limit what your child can see on everything from apps to movies, follow the link to Apple below then tap Settings > General > Restrictions on the machine.


2) Facebook Safety Center

Without doubt, a site that every parent or teacher should visit.

Learn about account settings, how to control who sees what, how to block or “defriend” other users and report abusive or offensive content.

If you’re not on Facebook yourself, you can find out what all the jargon means too…


3) Sony Playstation 3

They have revolutionised gaming and can also download films and surf the net.

Go to Sony’s parental controls page via the web address below and find out how to apply content restrictions on films and games, set chat preferences and limit in-game spending.


4) Xbox 360

Another multi-purpose console with access to movies and the net.

The web page below helps you learn how to control ratings and content and to set limits on how long each child can play.

You can also decide whether your children can connect to Xbox Live for online gaming.


5) Kindle Fire

Kindles and other e-readers have made reading cool again.

But they can also be used to surf the web, so there’s a danger.

Download a software update at the first address then follow instruct­ions on the second one.



6)Virgin Media TV/Sky TV/BT Vision TV

There’s of lot of adult content on satellite and cable TV these days but it’s easy to stop your children seeing it.

The brilliant website below helps you stay in full control of content from all three providers simply by using your remote control and ­setting up a PIN code.


7) Nintendo Wii

This interactive console is hugely popular with all ages.

The parental settings page below looks a little dull and techy, but don’t be put off.

Within a couple of clicks there are simple instructions on how to restrict your child’s access to games, Wii Connect and the internet.


8) Nintendo DSi and DSi XL

Hand-helds are no longer just for gaming.

Many can access the internet and let you chat online.

This site has a step-by-step guide to setting up parental controls.

You can limit what your children can download on the internet and even monitor their conversations with other users.


9) iTunes

iTunes is the gateway to downloading music, TV shows and films on to your computer, iPhone or iPod.

The site below makes parental controls really easy.

Find out how to disable podcasts and restrict explicit content at the iTunes Store, and how to set controls on radio content.


10) MAC OS X

The web address below has videos showing you how to set controls that then apply to any web browser on a Mac computer, how to restrict movies and control the time spent on the computer.

Videos also walk you through Mail, iChat and keeping a log of a child’s online activity.


11) Internet Explorer

The PC web browser has easy parental controls and the address below shows how to block sites such as those depicting drug or alcohol use, violent images, nudity or bad language.

Go to the toolbar followed by Tools > Content > Content Advisor > Enable.

You then have to set a password.


12) Safari 3.0

Apple’s web browser, also available on PCs, offers an excellent online guide to making the internet a safer place for your children.

Learn how to specify which sites can be viewed – all others, including Google searches, can be blocked – and how to control your child’s time online.


13) Windows 7

The current Windows operating system has a simple process for controlling what children see online. Go to Start > Control Panel > User

Accounts then Family Safety > Set up Parental Controls. Choose whether to set restrictions for one user or all. More at the address below…


14) Google’s Family Safety Centre

Not only can you learn how to stop kids seeing certain sites, you can block them from searches ­results too.

SafeSearch restricts websites, SafeSearch Lock sets a password and You­Tube ­Safety Mode hides inappropriate content on the video site.


15) AOL

Internet service provider AOL offers parental controls but before you can set it up you have to download specific software.

It’s worth the time and effort to protect your children and all the information you need to guide you through this process is found in the link.





This Monday, our very own CEOP Ambassador (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Mrs Woodley trained our staff on essential updates on e safety and child protection issues.  Many staff commented on the usefulness of some of the videos used in the training, from a parent’s point of view as well as that of a teacher.  So, I have added a few of the links (below) for parents/carers to view.  It is very important that we work together to ensure that our children are educated in how they can protect themselves online now, and in the future.  Just how we teach our children to cross the road by holding their hand, until we are confident they can deal with dangers and be trusted on their own, internet (including mobile use and gaming) safety education requires a development of trust between a parent and child.  As educators, we need to try to be one step ahead of our children, so they can make the informed decisions (which can be very hard in the fast changing technological world we live in!). 
This news item, from August 2013, is a must for anyone who takes pictures from their mobile phone:

Excellent CEOP videos can be found on the CEOP You tube page. Click here for the CEOP You Tube channel
Child net :

When should I report to CEOP?

We help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online?  You can report it to us below.

Remember if you need immediate help call 999

Did you know that Facebook has a rule that no one under 13 can have an account?  So if anyone under this age does have one, they must be lying about their age. There are some children in school who say that they have an account.  If your child does, please take the time to talk with your child about how to ensure their safety online.  Think carefully before posting, as once something is out there online, it can’t be wiped.  It may well be part of your child’s ‘digital footprint’, even when they are an adult. 
For many of today’s young people, there are is no barrier between the online and offline worlds.  Talk to your child about what they are doing- if they know you understand, they are more likely to approach you if they need support.