Online Safety

At Sacred Heart our children follow the Be Internet Legends (Google) and Project Evolve schemes when learning about keeping ourselves safe online. They are fun, engaging and informative ways of learning about how we can keep ourselves protected when online All the children have opportunities within our curriculum to learn about the dangers of the internet such as phishing, security and our online persona’s. However, we also understand that the internet is a great tool when used safely and want our children to know this too!

While there are huge benefits to being online we recognise that many parents feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. Please click here or the links below to access the Government guidance, which outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to get support and advice.

Helping your company to stay safe online - Companies House


These resources will support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:

 What harms might my child experience online?

You may have concerns about specific harms which children can experience online. There are more resources to help you understand and protect your child from these, including:

For more information, guidance or support please click the link below.

Age-inappropriate content and parental controls

If you have downloaded new apps or bought new technology to help stay connected at this time, remember to review and adjust privacy and safety settings if you or your child is signing up to a new online service.

  • Internet Matters has step-by-step guideson how to set up parental controls so that you can control what content your child can access online
  • the UK Safer Internet Centrehas guidance on how to switch on family-friendly filters to prevent age-inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home
  • the NSPCChas more information for parents or carers with concerns about their child seeking inappropriate or explicit content online

Apps to help children stay safe online

The BBC has a website and app called Own It. The website helps children navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them protect their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, while respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free-for-life access to SafeToNet during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Use the links below to learn more about how to keep your child safe when using technology.

Internet Matters have created Online Safety Tips for Parents of 0-5 year olds, 6-10 year olds and 11-13 year olds, and also age-relevant Screen Time guidance for Parents. Please see below for more information:

Resources - Cyber Security
Internet Matters have a whole range of topics and resources related to cyber safety issues such as phishing and ransomware, privacy and identity theft, doxxing and more. This is expert advice on how to keep families safe online. You can view the resources here:
Also from Internet Matters and very useful for parents is an interactive guide to creating secure accounts, e.g strong passwords and two-factor authentication. You can access this here:
Protecting Children from Explicit Content
It is easy for any person, any age, to stumble across inappropriate and explicit content online and for parents this can be challenging. Internet Matters have a range of resources available to help parents including:
* Tips and tools for website/content filtering.
* What to do if your child sees explicit content.
* Resources for further help and support.
You can see all the sections here: 

Impact of Current World Events on Children
With everything that is going on around the world at the moment it's important that parents/carers know how to minimise the negative impact of what their children may be seeing. The Mental Health Foundation have put some advice together which we think would be very useful. You can find this here:

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