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Children at St Mary's C of E Primary School use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning.  In school, we have regular 'online safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.


At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet.  This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.

Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:



A lot of our children love to play computer games. Please ensure that they are age

appropriate and if the game is played online they are being supervised by an adult.


Facebook / Bebo / Myspace

Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as Skoodle, allowing children to communicate with anyone.


Keep your computer in a shared area 

Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.


Some links to more information:


• Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with

parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online

Protection Centre). 

• Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital

Parenting' magazine.

• Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.

• Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the


• Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.

• Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.

• Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.