Highfields Primary School

Part of the Attenborough Learning Trust

A National Support School

Online Safety

At Highfields Primary School, we recognise that the use of technology is essential for our pupils and we are passionate about empowering children to become confident, global citizens who use the internet safely and responsibly. This goal can only be achieved when parents work alongside the school as partners in developing E-safety.

Family Support

As a parent, it is vital that you are aware of what your child is using the internet for and that you are informed about how to ensure they are safe online. Open and ongoing communication about technology will ensure that children are kept safe and are free to enjoy the internet responsibly. Setting up parent controls and helping your child stay safe online can be addressed at parents’ evenings, e-safety spotlights and newsletters. You can also contact us at school if you need advice.

There are many things you can do to keep your child safe online. As an absolute minimum, we recommend parents:

  • ensure your child has ‘safe adults’ they are willing to talk to if they are feeling unsure, frightened or upset about something they have seen.
  • do not give children access to their devices at bedtime/overnight.
  • have access to all of their child’s online accounts and know all passwords.
  • routinely review children’s internet accounts to ensure that they are not placing themselves at risk or are not being exploited by way of their activities online.
  • Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others. Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online. Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.

    Remember that internet connection is included within smartphones, tablets, iPods, laptops and games consoles, not just computers, so the same precautions should be taken with them.

    Short Video about keeping safe online.

    Supporting young children to keep safe online (Years 6-10).

    Setting up TikTok family mode.

    Staying Safe Online

    Talk to your teachers, parents and carers about what you do and see online. Your parents hopefylly will have settings and controls, like the video above, that stop you seeing anything unsafe just like we do at school.

  • If you do see or hear anything unsafe, you must report it to a safe adult straight away.
  • Never share your personal information with anyone online.
  • Remember that everything you do, see or hear online can be remembered by computers even after it is deleted. This is called your digital footprint.
  • What you do, say or hear online should be respectful at all times.
  • DFE Guidance keeping children safe online

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online