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E-Safety Information and Advice

The Internet is a very useful tool to support learning. It is a great place to connect with people, be creative and discover new things. Digital and Information Communication Technologies have an important role to play in the lives of young people. As these technologies are being used more frequently, it is important to raise the issue of E-safety and promote safe and responsible usage of technologies in schools and at home. E-safety is a national issue and we must all aim to ensure that the Internet is used in a safe manner. In addition to this, being aware of privacy settings, filters and safe usage of social networking sites will enable young people to feel protected online.

Using Social Media Responsibly

Social media applies to blogs, microblogs like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Snapchat, Viber, Instagram, Whatsapp social networks, discussion forums and other personal webspace. The Internet is a fast-moving technology and it is impossible to cover all circumstances, however, as a general rule, social media is anything on the Internet where content is created and adapted by the people who use the site and which allows two-way conversations.

Top Tips

Parents and Carers

  • Ensure the computer is kept in an area of the house, where it is easier to monitor what young people are accessing online.
  • Make the most of Internet filtering software and use your web browser's controls to enable security on different websites.
  • Inform children not to share their personal information online.
  • Create a "code of conduct" policy where young people are involved in creating rules which must be abided by when using the Internet at home.
  • Be online together! Browsing the Internet with your child and being involved in their 'online world' will promote online safety.
  • Ensure that your child adds you as their 'friend' on social media. This will allow you to see what they are posting and check that they are safe.


  • Make sure you are old enough to join any sites including social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Do not post any personal information online including your phone number, address, passwords or your school.
  • Use a made up name or nickname on your profile. - Do not make friends you don't already know personally.
  • Use an email address that does not include your name.
  • Always use a 'strong' password. That is, don't use any names or words that someone might guess, like the name of your dog or your favourite singer. Use random letters or numbers and change your password regularly.
  • Use the strongest privacy setting when you set up your profile. This means that only your friends will be able to view your information.
  • Pictures and videos can be shared very easily across the internet, so make sure you are very careful when uploading - even if you only share it with friends, it can easily be spread much further than that.
  • Be very careful about sharing content online - especially if it isn't yours to share. Illegal downloads are definitely best avoided.
  • Never meet up with anyone you have met online.
  • Make sure you know about the safety features on any networking site. Some, for example, have a 'panic button' which you can press if you see something that shouldn't be there.
  • If anything happens online that you don't like, tell someone.
  • Think carefully when "posting" or "sharing" a photo online. Remember, once a photo is posted online, people will be able to share or download the photo.
  • SPEAK UP! If you viewed something online that made you anxious, unsafe or uncomfortable, please speak to an adult that you trust.
  • If you do not know someone, why are they "your online friend" or "follower"?
  • Privacy settings should always be kept to a maximum. Use the search engines on social networking websites to find out how to do this.

E-Safety Guides for Parents

Vodaphone have produced some excellent E-Safety Parent Guides and are available below:

Digital Detox - Parent Guide on helping to reduce 'screen time'


My Digital Life - Parent Guide

Digital Footprints - Parent Guide

Peer Pressure Online - Parent Guide


Self Esteem Guide - Parent Guide

Social Media - Parent Guide


Gaming online - Parent Guide to safety


Tools and Controls Tips


National Online Safety

As part of our #WakeUpWednesday campaign, we have created a free guidefor parents & carers to help them stay vigilant when their children are using the App Store.


Fortnite Song for Parents - STAY SWITCHED ON!

Have you heard our Fortnite song yet? We've reached over 1 million people with the song in just 1 week! If you haven't already, please help us to continue to spread the word by sharing our video...


Take a Whole School Community Approach to Online Safety

For more information regarding our NOS Certified School Community package, developed in line with the new 2018 DfE Statutory Guidance, 'Keeping Children Safe in Education', please complete the form here:


Useful Websites For Students and Parents

Think you Know           

Select your age range and off you go: cool games and sound advice from

Stay Safe    

 CBBC internet safety pages - Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.


What's your favorite thing to do online? Learn more about the internet and being a SMART safter here!

Cyber Mentors          

Get help and support from online mentors and counsellors, whenever and wherever you need it. Join us and stay in touch with all the latest campaign updates.


GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.

Get Safe Online    

Free up-to-date Security advice including using complex passwords and managing hacked accounts


The Digizen website provides information to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.


The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe)  tracks global trends and issues surrounding digitally connected products and their effect on children.

Safer Internet    

The Internet provides lots of opportunities for chatting with friends, playing games and creating your own content. To help you get the most out of the internet, UK Safter Internet Centre have brought together the latest information on staying safe online.    Select your age group to find the information that you need!!


You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you're feeling worried, scared, stressed or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine. We're here to offer information and support whenever you need us.


Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.


The national crime agency. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children about internet safety and online safety


National Online Safety:


Supporting Young People Online, Childnet International:

Click here to view a document on supporting young people online in various languages...