The Internet has revolutionised and has incredibly changed how we communicate and socialise with people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  With access at our fingertips, it can be even more challenging to keep children and young people safe online, especially when they have their own computers, laptops, smartphones/mobile phones, tablets and games consoles.  

As a parent, carer or a professional, it is important to educate yourself, children and young people that as well as the endless opportunities available through the Internet and technology, there are also associated risks to be aware of.

Potential online risks can include: 

  • Access and exposure to inappropriate /disturbing images and content
  • Access and exposure to racist or hate material
  • Sexual grooming, luring, abuse and exploitation by/with strangers
  • Sharing personal information with strangers that could identify and locate a child offline
  • Online bullying (cyber bullying) by peer and people they consider their ‘friends’
  • Being encouraged take part in violent behaviour such as ‘happy slapping’
  • Sending or receiving sexually explicit films, images or messages of themselves or others  (this is known as sexting when sent by mobile phone)
  • Glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking
  • Physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and imitating stunts and risk taking activities
  • Leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online.

Keeping your child safe

  • There are several way to help keep child and young people safe online:
  • Educate yourself and children and young people know about the dangers online
  • Tell them what they should do if anything goes wrong online or upsets them i.e. tell someone about it
  • Explain that anything shared online or by mobile phone could end up being seen by  anyone
  • Ensure computers and laptops are used where you can see and not out of sight in a bedroom
  • Use parental settings, filtering software and privacy setting to block inappropriate sites and content

Guidance Sheet Links:

Parent Guidance on Apps
Computer Guidance

Internet Parent Guides

Useful sites for further information and advice:


The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. Their website has lots of resources to educate, inform & guide parents & pupils.

NSPCC Net-Aware

NSPCC have created Net-Aware, a very user friendly website/application to educate parents and carers on the facts about all of the social media apps. You don’t even need to know the name of the apps you’re looking for as you can search by icon colour or keyword.


Childline is there here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. See the website for further details.

CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre)

Organisation that works to stop child abuse on the Internet.


Information and advice on child Internet safety.

Childnet (Formally Kidsmart)

A safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children's Internet charity Child-Net International.

Know-IT-All: Information on benefits, risks and safety on the Internet.

Informative Videos (Video about sexting) (Megan’s story – video about sexting) (Lucy and the Boy – information about being share aware and safe online)


Latest News

Posted on: 20/03/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

In the light of further information from the government, I am writing again to clarify the arrangements for the partial closure of the school from Monday. The reason for the closure is, of course, to restrict the spread of coronavirus, and for this to happen the government has set a recommended limit on the percentage of the school population who can still attend from Monday. This is 20%, which in our case is approximately 78 children. Priority has to be given to vulnerable pupils, including those with Education & Health Care plans, which again for Westfield Junior School will be about 32 children. We also have about 8 children with an allocated social worker, which is the other definition of ‘vulnerable’. This leaves roughly 38 places available to children whose parents are key workers. The government last night released a list of occupations deemed to be key, which was far greater than originally anticipated. Contrary to popular rumour, they offered no advice about whether priority should be given to two-parent families where both parents are key workers, or one-parent families where the parent is a key worker. Consequently, based on the fact that only 38 places are available, allocation will be prioritised in the following order: • Pupils in a two-parent household where both parents are key workers, and pupils in a one-parent household where the parent is a key worker. • Pupils in a two-parent household where one parent is a key worker, but the other parent is not. I realise that under these circumstances we may not be able to accommodate all children whose parents are key workers, but I must stress that if we go substantially over the recommended 20% maximum, then there really is no point in closing the school at all. I should also remind parents / carers that the government has stipulated that children should remain at home wherever possible, regardless of their parents’ occupation. If you have any questions or concerns please do contact the school, but I would ask for your continuing patience, especially with the office staff, whilst we try to manage a situation that is constantly evolving. Thank you.
Posted on: 16/03/2020

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions. What you need to know: • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues The updated guidance can be found here: Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Posted on: 12/03/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

To keep all members of our school safe the school leadership team continues to follow the latest advice and guidance from Public Health England regarding the Coronavirus. Following the recent government announcement the UK response to the Coronavirus has moved to Phase 2 - Delay. This has implications for our school community. The school will remain open to pupils and staff unless we are advised otherwise by Public Health Englan   If your child shows any symptoms of coronavirus, even if the symptoms are mild, they must stay at home for seven days. The NHS guidance can be found here             The symptoms include; A high temperature A new continuous cough Please call the school office on the first morning of any absence giving brief details of the reason for the absence. We appreciate that this may be inconvenient and present challenges to families but it is important that everyone follows the guidance to safeguard the wider community. Staff and volunteers have been given the same advice so there may be some minor alterations to staffing. We have made detailed plans to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that teaching and learning is able to continue. It is important to you and us that your child is not overly worried and is able to go about the school day as normal. If there are staff or pupils who stay at home because they are displaying mild symptoms please do not be alarmed. They are simply following the guidance. At this stage there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 linked to the school. Our hand washing routines are firmly established now and everyone in school is taking the necessary actions to stop the spread of Coronavirus. If you have any concerns or questions please contact the school office for clarification. Throughout this time we will keep you informed of any developments. Thank you for your support.
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