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Coten End Primary School

Online Safety

Curriculum Lead: Charley Slater

It is the role of the school to provide children with an effective, reactive Online Safety curriculum. As a school we follow guidance from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and the Education for a Connected World framework (2020) alongside resources provided by Common Sense Media and Internet Matters.

Online Safety education will be provided to pupils in the following ways:

  • An online safety programme of study will be provided and will be regularly revisited – this will be reactive and will include vital, relevant and up to date messages about internet usage, video gaming and apps we are made aware of;
  • Key online safety messages will be reinforced during assemblies and activities annually on World Safer Internet Day;
  • Pupils will be taught in all lessons to be critically aware of the materials/content they access online and be guided to validate the accuracy of information;
  • Pupils should be taught to acknowledge the source of information used and to respect copyright when using material accessed on the internet;
  • Pupil questionnaires about internet usage will be carried out annually;
  • Staff will act as good role models in their use of ICT, the internet and mobile devices;
  • Key messages will also be linked in with work children do in their annual Taking Care Project and through the PSHE curriculum.

The key online safety themes explored within our curriculum include:

1. Self-image and identity
2. Online relationships
3. Online reputation
4. Online bullying
5. Managing online information
6. Health, Well-Being and Lifestyle
7. Privacy and security
8. Copyright and ownership

Online Safety at Home

The most impactful online safety education comes from home. We cannot prevent children from accessing the internet and all parental controls/restrictions have their limitations. Children need to feel safe in discussing online safety issues with their parents as well as with adults at school. It is important that as parents and educators we react calmly to online safety incidents and that our first instinct is to make children feel safe, not scared in these situations.

We recommend that the most important step parents can make is to have regular conversations with their children about internet usage and how to be safe online, but a few additional steps we can suggest are:

  • Share profiles/devices with children
  • Ensure the strongest privacy settings are in place
  • Set time boundaries
  • Never share any personal information online
  • Look at the potential danger of sharing offensive/inappropriate content

Online games, social media and video chat programs provide opportunities for children to connect and play with their friends, parents and relatives. However, most social media sites and apps have age restrictions due to older content that could be accessed and for which children below that age are not prepared for.


TikTok - 13+                            Snapchat - 12+           Instagram - 13+                 YouTube - 13+


Facebook - 13+            WhatsApp - 16+                   Fortnite - 12+

National Online Safety’s top tips for checking and monitoring age ratings:

1) Do your research

If you’ve noticed a new game that your child has downloaded then use quality resources to make sure that your knowledge is up to date. Online websites, such as National Online Safety, can provide you with the information you need.

2) Review parental controls

Review your parental controls on the stores where you buy games from. Most sites allow parents to set passwords to block games with certain age restrictions from being downloaded.

3) Encourage open dialogue

Encourage open dialogue with your child. You don’t want to be in position where they won’t talk to you if something has made them feel uncomfortable in a game because they are worried they will get in trouble for playing the game in the first place.

4) Discuss ratings

Talk to your child about why the game has been awarded a certain label. Debate the positives and negatives of playing a game and decide on some ground rules together - please visit for more information on suitable video games and their age ratings.

Websites with further information for parents, carers and young people:

Warwickshire County Council Websites:

Online Gaming Information & Support


Each week National Online Safety share top tips for parents and carers around apps, games, social media, mental health, online safety and internet controls. Every fortnight we will send a copy of their #WakeUpWednesday campaign. These online safety user guides are a great way to support your child in staying safe online. Please see for more information.

To register your National Online Safety Account follow the link below.

Talking about the online world with your child can be difficult, and some topics can be particularly awkward; for you and your child! As a result of this, NOS have put together a series of 7 questions that will help you start an initial conversation with your child, so you have a better understanding of what they do online and how you can protect them. Additionally, it’s important to note that regular conversations with your child about the Internet will help your child to build confidence when talking about online issues, and therefore help to build trust too. You can use this to create your own family online agreement.