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.
Tips for staying safe online:
Here are some useful rules that you can follow to help stay safe:
Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.
Only use websites that you have agreed with an adult.
Try to use child friendly search engines.
Only send emails to and open emails from people you know.
Do not talk to people over the internet or use internet chat rooms unless your parent is there with you.
Never give out your personal information such as your phone number.
Never arrange to meet anyone that you have met online.
Only use a webcam with people that you know and when your parents are there with you.
Tell an adult immediately if you see or hear anything that makes you feel upset or uncomfortable.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Child-friendly search engines:
Useful tips for parents:
It is also a good idea to regularly check the internet sites your child has visited by clicking on ‘history’ and ‘favourites’ in the internet browser page
Although most internet providers offer systems to help you keep your child safe at home, it is still too easy for children to access inappropriate materials including text, pictures and movies.
Parents can set the security levels in their chosen internet browser with this in mind.
Putting the computer in a family area and not hidden away in a bedroom will help you to watch your children when they use the internet.
Don't stop your child from using the information and games on the internet. Instead, use simple rules for keeping them safe.
Home Learning Support
CEOP (Child exploitation and online protection) have produced a second range of online safety at home packs to share with parents and carers, which is now available for schools to download and share (see link below).These include activities for 4-5s, 5-7s, 8-10s, 11-13s and 14+.
Age limits and parental controls:
Here are some websites to help you to understand age ratings and how to set up parental controls.
Additional Information on more specific things:
Here are some websites to help you to understand certain apps, games and websites that are popular at the moment and how you can help keep your child e-safe and aware. Please keep in mind though that most of these apps, games and websites are designed for older children and so our Balliol children should not be using them.