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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”


Technology is an ever-growing and central part of life for the children of today. We need to prepare them for a world that contains many aspects of technology and the good and bad that can be found within them. This is an area that is taken very seriously, and we want them to appreciate the knowledge that it holds, the fun they can have and the dangers that there are. We have regular reminders of appropriate behaviour and browsing habits, we display SMART posters across the school and also have regular meeting about Internet safety.

To support this we constantly remind the children of their responsibility within this and how to report any issues.

Please let a member of staff know if you are concerned by anything regarding online safety, cyberbullying and social media. 

We would like to remind you that there is a minimum age for children to access social media.

If you have any concerns please talk to Miss Richardson our Computing lead.

You wouldn't talk to strangers on the street or invite them into your house, the Internet is the same! Study the following rules to help you become a SMART surfer.

Never give out your name, address, house number, street, school, phone number or any personal information to anyone you meet on the Internet.

People can use the slightest information to locate where you live, putting you in danger! As a golden rule, always ask an adult (parent or carer) before you send any personal details over the Internet.

Never email pictures of yourself, or friends and family, to strangers and NEVER upload any to public sites.

Protect yourself by keeping any passwords you have safe. Don't give them out to friends (you may fall out with friends), only to responsible adults in your family. Use a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols when creating passwords; don't choose obvious passwords such as a nickname or favourite colour.

If you enter a public chat room, be truthful about your age but NEVER say anything about where you live, where you go to school or your family – always use a nickname. 

If you are ever unsure about the content of conversations - alert your parents or carers, or even a teacher at school!

If a website asks you to fill in your name, address, email address and hobbies, always check with an adult. When you give information out about yourself over the Internet, you can never be sure who will see it and how it will be used.


Don't ever make plans to meet friends you have met over the Internet without telling your parents or carers. Talking to people online and meeting them in person are two totally different things. People are not always what they seem; arranging to meet anyone you have met over the Internet is EXTREMELY dangerous!!

To stay safe - never meet up with friends you have made online.


Only open emails if you know who has sent them; if you are unsure don't open them and ask an adult.

Accepting emails or opening files from people you don't know, can be very dangerous. They may contain viruses or nasty messages which you may find offensive and disturbing.

If somebody says something to you, sends you something, or you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable, don't look around or explore! Get your parents or carers - they will know what to do. If you are ever unsure ASK!!! If you are too afraid to ask your parents or carers, ask a teacher at school - there is always somebody to turn to.

Only reply to emails or instant messages from people you know (or from addresses you know).

Remember you can quite easily block people who become abusive or make you feel uncomfortable on instant messenger (msn).

Chain letter emails constantly get sent around the Internet. These often tell you to pass on emails to a certain number of people and if you fail to do this, there are 'apparent' consequences. All chain emails are designed to scare you, the best thing to do is to ignore them and DON'T pass them on. 


Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Anyone can make a website about absolutely anything, it doesn't mean it's necessarily true. Use your common sense to work out whether information on a particular website looks right (look for clues on who has created the site). The best way to research information on the Internet is to stick to well known websites such as Channel 4 learning or the BBC schools site. Ask a teacher if you are ever unsure.


 If you see anything on the Internet that you think is wrong, tell an adult straight away. Stop talking to people if they are being nasty or making you feel uncomfortable with their questions.

If someone you've met online wants to meet you in person, tell a responsible adult. 

If you receive a nasty message from a cyber-bully, don't keep it to yourself, show and tell an adult you trust.

 If you receive nasty and offensive text messages from a bully, keep them as evidence and show someone you trust.

Please find below further information and links regarding E Safety and social media for parents/carers.

Mobile Phone Monitoring Apps

We have come across some parent/carer mobile phone monitoring apps which we think are appropriate to share with you, if you are not already aware. We have had a number of incidents recently where teenagers, particularly those who have just started secondary school, have been in contact with strangers over social media and/or been sending & receiving inappropriate photos to other individuals, without the knowledge of their parents/carers, until it is too late, and the damage has been done. There is obviously concern for their safety and with so many children now having a phone from a young age, often to ensure their own physical safety when travelling to and from school, there can be as many problems created by having a mobile as there are problems solved.

I appreciate that these problems often arise quicker than the technology can keep up with finding solutions for them, but thankfully there are a number of apps available to assist parents/carers in monitoring what their children are looking at and accessing online, whilst still allowing them to have a mobile phone with them for safety reasons. Ideally, the sooner these apps are adopted and used by parents/carers, the more likely children would be willing to accept that having their online activity monitored, to an extent, is just the norm and what is expected in order to keep them safe.

The apps available are:

Monqi –

Norton Family –  currently have 6 months free subscription

Kaspersky Safe Kids –

Qustodio –


CBBC Stay Safe

Do you know how to stay safe online?

Dongle the rabbit will teach you all he knows with his video and quiz.


Safe Surfing With Doug

Find out about safe surfing with Doug and his friends.


Grid Club

The cybercafé within Gridclub is a safe online community where you can make choices without getting hurt. You can join in the fun at the cybercafé by playing the game.

If your school isn’t teaching the Internet Proficiency scheme through Gridclub, why not speak to your teachers about it and tell them how exciting it is!



Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online. There’s a section for kids under 11 years old and a separate section for those over 11 years old.

4 great games will test your online safety knowledge.



McGruff is a Crime Dog - world famous for his advice on how to stop crime before it happens, and for his great sense of humour! Some of his work involves teaching children how to stay safe online. Check out the different areas of the site – there’s so much to learn!


Net Smartz Kids

Be totally cool and show your friends how much you know about Internet safety by watching the video clips on here. There are also loads of activities and games that will test your knowledge!


Newsround Quiz – Internet Security

Test your knowledge of internet safety with this quiz from CBBC Newsround.

There’s also further information if you’re not sure on anything.


Safe Kids Quiz

The Online Safety Quiz is your chance to show that you know how to be a safe Internet surfer. Answer each question and, when you get it right, you'll go to the next question.


Safe Kids – Internet Safety Rules

Here’s a list of rules to help you stay safe when you’re online. How many of them can you remember? Why not print them out and put them up next to your computer.


Sid’s Online Safety Guide

Become an internet safety expert with Bizzi Sid by collecting codes and playing cool games.


Surf Swell

Surf Swell island provides you with lots of adventures in internet safety so that you can collect jewels to take to treasure palace – are you brave enough to take the challenge?


Think You Know

The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre. You may have seen some of their video clips on National TV recently.

There’s a lot of information here for both children and adults – parents even have their own area of the site!

Teachers have the chance to train from the professionals and then deliver suitable training in schools.


Safety Land

Safety land is normally a very nice place to live, but a nasty character is sending yucky emails and messages. Captain Broadband needs your help to find the nasty character. You need to navigate around Safety land answering questions. When you have answered them all correctly, the nasty character will be taken to jail and you’ll become a certified hero, just like Captain Broadband.


Netsmartz for Parents



Net Aware social media guide for parents from NSPCC

The NSPCC has launched an updated Net Aware site for parents and carers. The site, run in partnership with O2 and informed by 1,696 children and young people and 674 parents and carers, includes tips showing how to help your child block or report someone targeting them and a guide to 39 of the most popular social media sites, apps and games used by children and young people including information about new apps like Pokemon Go, Periscope, IMVU, and ESAS have suggested you might share the link below with parents through your school's website, newsletter etc.

Gallery Guardian Child Protection App

ESAS have recommended the Gallery Guardian Protection App which in simple terms, Gallery Guardian looks at every picture a child takes or receives on their smartphone. Using a specially designed image recognition algorithm, Gallery Guardian automatically detects if the image includes nudity or not. In the unfortunate event an image contains something inappropriate, the app alerts parent on their smartphone without disclosing or storing the image in question.
ESAS have recommended that schools share this app with parents and carers.


UK Safer Internet Centre

Kayleigh's Story - Leicestershire Police

Alright Charlie - Blast Project film