Staying E-safe with Abbots Ripton

Technology at school

Your child will use a range of technology at school and they will access the internet in many learning tasks.  To support them with this we teach  online safety explicitly at school using the 'Educating for a Connected World' Primary Online Safety Framework.  This is taught in Computing lessons both as units of learning as well as being weaved throughout the curriculum.  We see this as essential ICT skill for the children to learn as they grow up in the modern world.

Understandably, there are concerns about children accessing inappropriate material when working online - but we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school.

* As an integral part of our Safeguarding training, all staff have undertaken online safety training.

* The school's IT system operates a robust filtering system that restricts pupils access to inappropriate material.

* The school has an Online Safety Policy which been viewed in ur policies tab.

* Pupils are supervised when working online.

* Pupil's online learning is (including when they are messaging each other) are monitored by staff.
There are so many great websites to support families with being safe in an ever changing online world.  We have links below to those that we feel are the most user friendly and up to date.
Training for parents/carers from The National Online Safety Team
There is a great 'training' module for parents of children aged 7-11 about how they are likely to engage with the online world.  We strongly recommend all parents to watch this and it can be found here. Click parent/carer.


TikTok is a social networking app that replaced the popular Musical.ly app when it went offline in 2017. It gives users the ability to watch and create short clips of up to 60 seconds. With 1 billion active users across 155 countries, it seeks to promote safety and has recently released a range of safety videos to promote its safety tools.  They can be found by clicking here

Parent Zone

This website is very up to date and contains very user friendly parent guides on a range of current APPs and games being used by young people.

Click here

Share Aware

Share Aware, our online safety campaign, is a great resource to help parents keep their children safe on social networks, apps and games.  It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games. Or know how to keep them safe.

That's why the NSPCC has teamed up with O2. Together we're helping parents untangle the web. And teach their children to be Share Aware.  If you take your child's phone to any O2 shop, they will help you to set up parental controls - free of charge even if you don't shop or have a contract with O2.

Because, just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online.

Click here

Net Aware

Net Aware is an online tool that informs parents about the social networks, apps and games that children might be using. We look at the frequency of inappropriate content, how robust and easy to find the privacy settings are, and why children like using the sites. We regularly update Net Aware with new apps, and parents can sign up to Net aware newsletters to keep up with  digital trends.

For more information visit www.net-aware.org.uk

Virgin Media Online Safety Test

Virgin Media have produced a website for parents with a 'test' to take you through lots of areas of online safety.  It has  lots of useful information and links to many online safety resources.

For information click here.

Online Safety Helpline

We’ve joined forces with O2 to provide adults with the skills and tools to help keep children safe online. This helpline provides practical, technical advice including parental controls on electronic devices, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks and information about online gaming.

Call the Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002

#WakeUp Campaign - YouTube

As part of the National Online safety #WakeUp campaign, they have created a free updated YouTube guide for parents and carers which is really useful.

YouTube is the world’s largest video platform and the 2nd biggest search platform (after Google), with over 1.8 billion users per month, and this free guide for parents and carers covers what you need to know about the platform to help safeguard your children from potential online risks including; age inappropriate videos, in –app messaging, dangerous challenge/viral videos, digital wellbeing and more.

Other useful sites include:
Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carer