Online Safety



ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our children with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.  Information and Communications Technology (ICT) covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole.  Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:
  • Websites
  • Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
  • Email and Instant Messaging
  • Chat Rooms and Social Networking
  • Blogs and Wikis
  • Podcasting
  • Video Broadcasting
  • Music Downloading
  • Gaming
  • Mobile/Smart phones with text, video and/or web functionality
  • Other mobile devices with web functionality
Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed and all users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.
Help with Online Safety
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.
The following links aim to make online parenting simple.
If you have just bought an ipad/tablet or are thinking of getting one soon then the following guide will help you to decide which apps
to put on it.


Safer Internet Day- Tuesday 11th February 2020

Share Aware campaign

To kids, online life is real life. And, just like in real life, kids need help to stay safe online. 

Share Aware is an NSPCC and O2 campaign to help parents have regular and informed conversations with their child about online safety. We're aiming to get every family in the UK chatting about their kids' online world, just like they would about their day at school. 

We tell children that’s it’s good to share, but online it’s different and sometimes it can be dangerous. Through our straight-forward, step-by-step advice and Icebreaker email series, we’ll show parents how to untangle the web and teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when parents aren’t there.

  • Our new TV ad – Safety advice from a 10 year old. 
  • Icebreakers email series  – We’ve teamed up with O2 to create a bespoke email series full of tips and information on different issues eg cyberbullying and inappropriate content, with activities parents can complete with their child. 
  • Family agreements – We have created a downloadable family agreements document for families to complete and fill in together.
  • Share Aware Homepage - Read our step-by-step guide to being Share Aware and our TEAM (Talk, Explore, Manage, Agree) framework on how to stay safe online in four simple steps.
  • Net Aware - Our guide to the most popular social networks sites, apps and games that children use. New sites site such as, Kiwi and Pokemon Go have been added this year, along with a breaking news page and top tips from O2 Gurus on blocking, private account settings or in-app purchases. The new Net Aware can be downloaded on both iOS and Android.
  • Teaching resources – Download Share Aware teaching resources for use in the classroom. 
  • Specialised advice - Advisors at our O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline – 0808 800 5002 – are here to help with any questions, or anyone can make an appointment with a Guru in store.


Digital Kids Show

Year 6 had a fantastic time at the Digital Roadshow on Monday 20th November which was held at Event City. They learned all about staying safe on the Internet, coding techniques and advances in gaming. They also met the stars of Educating Manchester: Jack, Rani and Mr Povey who were lovely!


Online Safety Day

Our Enrichment days this year are on the theme ‘Safe and Sound’ and on Friday 20th October, we held the first of these days, which focused on ‘Online Safety’. Throughout the day we helped the children to understand more about the digital world that they live in and how to stay safe within it. Some of the storybooks that we used throughout the day included:

  • Digiduck's Big Decision
  • When Charlie McButton lost power
  • Chicken Clicking
  • Webster's Friend
  • Webster's Email
  • Webster's Bedtime
  • Penguin Pig

Many parents nowadays are unable to keep up with how quickly technology is changing and we felt that it was important to also provide something for our parents, so we invited them to join us in the afternoon, for a workshop to learn all about how they could keep their child safe online.

The hour-long workshop delivered by O2 and the NSPCC was a great opportunity for parents to gain skills and knowledge, to understand the internet and technology as children do – from online games and cyber bullying, through to setting up privacy settings and controls – and to help them have the right conversations with their child/ren.

We were delighted to see so many parents attend the event and take away some valuable information.             



Barney and Echo Internet Safety Roadshow- Wigan

On Thursday 20th October, four Year 6 School Council children attended an Online Safety event at DW Stadium in Wigan.  They took part in activities and listened to presentations from the Police and other online safety experts.  These children are now our Online Safety Warriors and there will be a dedicated worship after half-term to share the information they found out.

CHATFOSS Online Safety App

The BBC were in school on Monday 21st March to film the launch of a new Online Safety App, which we are piloting in school called CHATFOSS. If you missed it here is the report from BBC Northwest news. All the children in Key Stage 2 now have log-in details and passwords to access ChatFOSS. Thank you to all the junior parents/carers who attended the Online Safety meeting after school.