Online Safety

 [At Whinstone, we take ONLINE SAFETY very seriously.  It is embedded into our Computing scheme of work and we also celebrate special Internet Safety days  Whinstone Safer Internet Day Video 2019
The CEOP YouTube page, full of videos for parents and children
Think You Know Parents’ Page
Fantastic posters and advice on every popular APP that your child wants to use. This website page is SUPERB!
This is a great BBC website for information on online safety. Great videos to share with your children. Start that important conversation about online safety….
OUR PACT is a fantastic FREE app that controls your child’s devices. You can set up screen times (ie allow between 4-5pm) and you can switch off apps from your device.  It is a must for every parent!
Childnet website full of great safety advice
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.

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.
Online Safety advice from Stockton Council
Can your child recognise the difference between fake news and real?

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.









 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
Age restrictions poster for social media.  Do you know the age restrictions?
How to download OFFICE (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) for FREE to your home computers (with child login)
passwords 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.
(American website) Lots of great parent guides to the ‘in’ children’s sites

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

(Please note this was created in 2013, but much of the information is still the same)




 WHINSTONE POLICIES…. Computing Policies (AUP and Social Media are on this link page)


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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


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


More E safety tips….


  • e-safety Posters – Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children? We have posters like these up in school   Click here for posters  Click here for leaflet
  • Facebook / Bebo / Myspace – Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as Superclubs, allowing children to communicate with anyone.
  • Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online. This will also make it easier to keep an eye on your children’s activities.
  • Know where your children go online. If you have young children, you might use the internet with them. For older children, you could talk about what kind of sites they like to visit and what isn’t appropriate for your family. You can also check where your kids have been by looking at the history in your browser menu. Another option is to use filtering tools like Google SafeSearch.
  • Teach internet safety as much as possible. It’s impossible to monitor your child’s online activity all the time. As they get older, they need to know how to use the internet safely and responsibly when they are on their own:
  • Use privacy settings and sharing controls. Most sites that feature user-generated content, such as social networking sites, have sharing controls that put users in charge of who sees status updates, photos, videos and profiles. Using sharing controls is particularly important when you or your children share personal information such as names, addresses or phone numbers on public sites. Teach your children to respect the privacy of friends and family by not identifying people by name in public profiles and pictures.
  • Protect passwords. Remind your children not to give out their passwords. Make sure they make a habit of unclicking ‘remember me’ settings on public computers such as those at school or at friends’ houses.
  • Beware of strangers. Teach your children not to arrange in-person meetings with people they ‘meet’ online and not to share personal information with online strangers because people may not be who they claim to be.
  • Help prevent viruses. Use antivirus software and update it regularly. Make sure your children avoid downloading from file-sharing websites and don’t accept files or open email attachments from unknown people.
  • Teach your children to communicate responsibly. Take the following as a good rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t text it, e-mail it, instant message it, or post it as a comment on someone’s page.
  • View all content critically. Just because you see it online, there’s no guarantee its true. Children should be shown how to distinguish reliable sources from unreliable ones, and how to verify information they find online. Make sure kids understand that cutting and pasting content directly from a website may be plagiarism.