Most children have access to the Internet on phones, tablets, computers and smart TVs. It can be difficult to monitor what they’re seeing online and to make sure that they don’t see anything that is inappropriate. Keeping children safe online is a vast subject, but there is lots of help available.

At Abercromby, we take online safety very seriously and have filters on our Internet, to prevent access to sites we don’t want children to use. Children will always be under close supervision when using the class laptops, interactive TV panels and iPads. We will always carefully select the programmes children use and lock the Apps on the iPads so children can’t navigate away.

In addition we provide support for our families with e-safety coffee mornings and the information is summarised below on this page.

Here is a really helpful video and a leaflet with practical advice for families of our youngest children:

Internet safety video

Parent internet guide 0-5

It is important for you as families to talk to your child about how to use the Internet safely. Keep all Internet devices in high traffic rooms e.g. kitchen or lounge where you can keep an eye on things. Set a time limit and stick to it. Children need to do other things away from screens. Avoid screen time in the hour before bed time; the blue light screens give out make for poor sleep.

One of the best things you can do is to set up parental controls on your broadband, mobile devices, computers, search engines etc. so that all unsuitable content is filtered out. It’s not as hard as it sounds. This web page shows you how to do this:

Setting up parental controls

These are some helpful websites to explore further or report problems:

Internet Matters

CEOP

There are child safe search engines available:

Kid Rex

Safe Search Kids

Swiggle

Below are further useful resources for you to refer to:

Stay safe on social media poster

Families’ check list for keeping children safe online

Age restrictions for social media platforms poster