Online Safety

At Hartley Primary Academy we seek to embrace the digital age by creating responsible digital citizens.  As we move forward the Internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, blogs, podcasting and social networks are becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of our children and have many positive benefits. They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a child’s identity. Socially our older children are beginning to use the Internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends’ at home.  Access to the Internet can take place anywhere and at any time, so we need to make sure our children are able to use the Internet safely.

Many children are unaware of the risks;  for example the danger of having online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or even becoming addicted to the Internet.

Our programme of online safety guides your child through the benefits and dangers of having a virtual presence.  Through assemblies, a bespoke internet safety curriculum and action days, we actively prepare your child to be a responsible digital citizen.  It is imperative that we all have a role to play in keeping pupils safe online. If you have any concerns, please contact our DSL team ( for further advice and guidance or report it to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).

Resources and Websites for Parents/Carers

  • Government Advice – Follow this link for the latest online safety update from the Government.
  • Share Aware –   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.  Together we’re helping parents untangle the web. And teach their children to be Share Aware.  Because, just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online.
  • Think U Know – Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
  • Childnet: Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. The Childnet website hosts all the online resources detailed below, as well as a number of recommended resources for young people, parents, carers and teachers.
  • Digizen: A website providing information and advice to encourage responsible digital citizenship. It shares advice and guidance on preventing and responding to cyberbullying, including the film ‘Let’s Fight It Together’ and specific information on social networking.
  • UK Safer Internet Centre – The UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
  • Childnet International – Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
  • CEOP‘s Thinkuknow -The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.  You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?  This site aims to make online parenting simple.  Even if the only search engine you use is a pair of binoculars, do not despair. Here you’ll find practical tips and simple guidance.
  • Get Safe Online – As parents – or relatives, teachers and other adults responsible to children’s safety – we want our children and those we look after to be healthy and happy … and to develop well both physically and mentally. Above all, it’s also instinctive that we want kids to be safe.
  • Knowthenet – Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a beginner online, Knowthenet has the reliable advice and top tips you’ll need to make the most of the internet.  Whatever your experience, test yourself to see if your online know-how is up to date, or browse our Knowledge Centre for the latest guidelines and insights on cybercrime, online safety, e-commerce and much more.
  • – As parents – or relatives, teachers and other adults responsible to children’s safety – we want our children and those we look after to be healthy and happy … and to develop well both physically and mentally. Above all, it’s also instinctive that we want kids to be safe.
  • NSPCC – Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.
  • NSPCC Net aware – Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world
  • Google Safety Centre for Parents – As a parent or guardian, you know what feels right for your family and how your kids learn best. To help your family navigate through new technologies, gadgets and services in an ever-changing online world, it helps to get practical advice. That’s why we continuously talk to safety experts, parents, educators and communities around the world – to keep a pulse on what works. Together, we can help nurture a community of responsible digital citizens.
  • The Parent Zone – Parenting in a Digital Age isn’t easy. Figuring out how to keep your children safe online without exposing them to inappropriate risk is not straight forward. Are the people who tell you to lock everything down with parental controls right or will that simply encourage your children to find ways around them? Should you worry about what they post online and track every text and message or is following them on Facebook just like reading their diary?

Additional Pupil Links

Parent Guides

  • A Parent’s Guide to Being Share-Aware. “We tell children it’s good to share, but online it’s different. That’s why we’re asking parents to be Share Aware.”
  • Talking Points. Talking to your child – openly, and regularly – is the best way to help keep them safe online.

Parental Controls and Filtering

  • A Parents’ Guide to Technology: The UK Safer Internet Centre has created this guide to answer commonly asked questions and introduce some of the most popular devices used by children, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
  • Internet Parental Controls: The four big internet providers – BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls that can be activated at any time. Video tutorials on how to download and use these controls are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

Computer Protection and Security

  • Get Safe Online: A government website which focuses on online computer security and protection issues. It contains advice about firewalls, spyware and antivirus protection as well as how to protect children online.

Social Networking

  • We recommend that pupils avoid using all social networking sites and tools until they are of an appropriate age to do so.  If parents/families allow the use of such sites then they are strongly advised to use nicknames and avatars when using social networking sites, blogs, Wikis, instant messengers etc. Avatars and nicknames help give pupil’s a ‘hidden’ identity on the internet rather than encouraging them to upload photographs of themselves.
  • SWGfL Social Media Checklists up to date and free to download guides on social media sites including TikTok and Roblox.
  • NetAware is your guide to the social networks your kids use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world. Includes specific guidance for the most popular sites/apps including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter as well as an A-Z guide to many others.
  • With DoppelMe you can create a cool graphical likeness of yourself, your friends, family or any group of people for use as an avatar in forums, instant messenger, blogs and almost anywhere else on the web.

Search Engines

Using a child friendly search engine allows content to be filtered. Most adult search engines, such as Google, Bing and YouTube, also have built in filtering options under the ‘preferences’ link that should be adjusted before use. It is recommended that you use ‘Kiddle’ at home – a child-friendly Google powered search engine.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is a ‘magazine’ style website who’s mission is to help children and parents with various helpful tips regarding different online related things.

It’s not that screen time doesn’t matter (kids need a balance of activities for healthy development). But trying to tally up all the minutes your kids spend in front of a screen — and feeling guilty when they go “over” — helps nothing. This year, focus on becoming actively engaged in your kids’ media. Help them make quality, age-appropriate choices, play or watch together when you can, and talk about any issues that come up. Some days they may spend a little more time on the computer learning to code, but the next day they may end up making crafts all day. It balances out.

Consider: 24 Video Games You Can Say Yes to After School12 Best YouTube Channels for Kids and Teens

Maybe you love video games, maybe you’d rather do just about anything else. The point is, kids love games. There’s a certain kind of bond that develops when families compete — plus, it’s fun. Playing games with your kids also imparts important skills, such as taking turns, winning graciously, losing gracefully, and practicing good sportsmanship. Look for video games the entire family can enjoy.

Play: Starter Games for Parents to Play with Kids

Make this the year you finally learn to crochet, play guitar, or master a foreign language — whatever you’ve longed to do. With so many opportunities for online learning, from casual how-to’s to formal lessons, there’s no excuse not to. Your kids will see you work toward a goal, manage your time, be patient with yourself, and discover you’re not perfect at everything. Bonus points for taking a class with your kid!

Try: InstructablesDuolingoThrivelyLessonFace

At some point this year, a killer app, viral video, or hot new show will take your kids by storm. Keep an open mind and explore this new thing along with them. You’ll learn more about what your kids are doing, how they can safely use new tools, and how to guide them through a changing landscape.

Ask: What’s your favorite new app, game, or website? What do you like about it? How can you make sure you’re using it responsibly, respectfully, and safely?

Show your kids that the real power of the web is in how it can connect those in need to those who can help out. In addition to traditional charities, there are sites that let you target your gift to specific donors, find volunteer opportunities, promote causes you believe in, and even let your kids lead the charge.

Explore: JustGiveDonorsChoose; Kids Can Give Too