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Safeguarding - Online Safety

Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Green Hammerton School. We have extensive security measures in place in school to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.  Any Online Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online Safety Policy.  Our internet is filtered using Smoothwall, a resource that is designed to stop unsuitable internet content being reached on any device connected to our school network.  


Our designated member of staff responsible for monitoring that the filtering system is working is Davinia Pearson, Headteacher.  

Our governor with responsibility for oversight of online safety is Martin Simpson, Chair of Governors.


All members of the school community, including children, parents, staff and governors are required to sign an Acceptable Use Policy before accessing any school computer systems, including the internet. Our Computing curriculum includes lessons on E-safety and we offer guidance to parents via our website. 


Staying Safe Online When Not In School

When schools are closed or during periods of self-isolation, we understand it can be tempting to allow your children to spend increasing amounts of time online but there are a few things to consider about safety online. It is important that parents and carers are aware of what their children are accessing on their devices and, if allowing them to converse during game play, parents have the responsibility to ensure they know who their child is talking to and what the content of that conversation is. 


If you have a concern about online content, the way a user is communicating with your child/you or about another child's online usage, click on the link below and click 'report to CEOP' to report it. 

  • CEOPInternet Safety Advice

Please note: the following apps, channels and websites are NOT recommended for primary aged children:

  • TikTok
  • KIK

TikTok (Age Rating 13 years old)

Many of our children tells us about their enjoyment of using the self videoing app 'TikTok' even though this app requires all its users to be a minimum age of 13 years old. Unfortunately, since it's release, there have been many incidents of child grooming. With this in mind, the makers of 'TikTok' have been working hard to develop further safety measures within the app.

Please see the update from the BBC website below. 


Online safety

Source: BBC

Date: 19 February 2020


The BBC reports that TikTok, a social video app that allows users to share short videos, is introducing a family safety mode designed to give parents tighter control over how their children use the app. The safety feature will allow parents and carers to link their account to their child's and have direct control over the safety settings.


Read the news story: TikTok 'family safety mode' gives parents some app control


See also on NSPCC Learning

> Online safety training


Top Tips

  • When children are playing an online game - especially one that involves an open forum - ensure your child is appropriately dressed and in a suitable, shared space in the home so you can keep an eye on what they are looking at. 
  • Set time limits for screen time. Although the online world will be used for learning over the coming months ensure you as the parent are in control of how long your child is looking at a computer screen. Too much screen time can be detrimental to a child's mental health. It is much easier to set this limit before they start using the device then, encourage your child to get some exercise and move their body.
  • Use PEGI ratings and user reviews to check the suitability of a game or website before allowing your child use or play it. 
  • Keep personal information private. 
  • Remind your child to online communicate online with REAL LIFE friends.
  • Remind your child to #bekind online. Talk about how the words they use online can either hurt or uplift someone, just like in real life. 

Useful Websites For More Information

Below are some websites which can provide further information for parents about keeping safe online. REMEMBER: Always make sure you are aware of what your child is looking at and doing online and ensure they are playing age appropriate games. 




Keeping children safe on gaming platforms 

A 15-minute webinar aimed at providing parents and carers with information about how to keep children safe when using gaming platforms.  


Internet Safety Videos

These are nationally approved Internet Safety Videos, designed for the appropriate age groups. They were used by PSCO Phil Wright during his sessions with the children in November 2018.

  • KS1‘Animal Magic’


Parent Info Zone on 'Think You Know' website


Gooseberry Planet advice for parents during the school closure


Childline -




Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.


We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. However it is essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.