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Using the Internet Safely at Home


Whilst many Internet Service Providers offer filtering systems to help you safeguard your child as home, it remains surprisingly easy for children to access inappropriate material including unsuitable texts, pictures and movies.

Parents are advised to set the security levels within the Internet Explorer with this in mind. Locating the computer in a family area, not a bedroom, will enable you to supervise children as they use the Internet.

However, don’t deny your child the opportunity to learn from the wide variety of materials and games available on the Internet. Instead set some simple rules and make sure they understand their importance.

How You Can Help Your Child At Home


ICT is not just about using a computer. It also includes the use of controllable toys, digital cameras and everyday equipment such as a CD player or DVD player.

Children can be helped to develop their ICT skills at home by:

  • Writing a letter to a relative

  • Sending an email to a friend

  • Drawing a picture on screen

  • Using the Internet to research a class topic

  • Planning a route with a controllable toy

  • Using interactive games

Simple Rules from Thomas A'Becket Infant School 


To keep your child safe they should:

  • Always tell your child to come and talk to you if they see/read anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.

  • Ask permission before using the Internet.

  • Only use websites you have chosen together or a child-friendly search engine.

  • Only email people they know (why not consider setting up an address book?).

  • Ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know

  • Not use their real names when using games on the Internet (create a nickname)

  • Never give out their home address, phone or mobile number

  • Never tell someone they don’t know where they go to school

  • Never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the Internet

  • Only use a webcam with people they know

  • Tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with.

How do we Teach E-Safety


In Key Stage 1 the children are taught to understand that the internet offers many positive opportunities to explore, learn and play and that there are rules they can follow to stay safe online, just as there are to staying safe offline.

We use the adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew (Childnet) to support this teaching.

Our high security web filter prevents the children from accessing inappropriate content/images on devices we use in school. However, if the children do see/read anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, they are taught that they should always come and talk to us.

Using These Rules


Go through these rules with your child and pin them up near the computer. It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites your child is visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites. Please reassure your child that you want to keep them safe rather than take Internet access away from them.

For further information go to:

Useful websites


When searching the Internet we recommend you use one of the following child friendly search engines.

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