Online Safety

The person responsible for Online Safety is Susie Drake (Headteacher)

Computing at Haltwhistle is used as a means of enhancing learning and engaging pupils. Computing skills are taught and then used in meaningful contexts across the curriculum. The aim is to equip children for living in the 21st century; this is realised when the learning environment is resourced with up-to-date technologies and staff have the knowledge and skills to use these effectively to move learning forward.  For children in Y1-6, a unit of online safety is taught and acceptable use agreements clarified at the start of the school year.  

Below you will find a range of useful Parent Guides to help keep your child safe whilst online.  

Additionally the CEOP website contains important information for parents and Childnet site gives helpful guidance on social networking for parents.Below you will find a range of useful Parent Guides to help you keep your child safe while online.

The Safer Internet site also provides advice on setting up parental controls for your home computer.

Common Sense Media is another really useful site which provides media reviews for families.  The site provides reviews of TV, film, books, apps and games so that parents can make an informed decision about t=whether to allow their child to watch / play (before they watch it!)

As parents, you can help keep your child safe by:

  • having open discussions about your expectations and how to stay safe online
  • closely monitoring the sites your children are accessing
  • limiting the amount of time your allow your child to spend online or using gaming devices
  • discouraging the use of social network sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat -  however, if your child does use social media remind them to only communicate with friends and family (people they know and trust in the real world), and also to ensure that their privacy settings are set high and to make them aware of how to report an incident if they feel uncomfortable.
  • ensuring they do not give out any personal details to people they meet online including on games consoles such as Xbox and PS3.
  • take notice of PEGI ratings – age rating is there for a reason and could mean that your child is being exposed to inappropriate materials if you do not abide by them.
  • check your child's devices daily to see what they have accessed and who they have connected with