Online Safety at NEPS

Online Safety Education at North Ealing Primary School

The teaching of online safety in schools is an issue with which parents/carers need to become more actively involved.

Within the school, we must deal with issues arising from social media age restriction abuses (bullying, inappropriate texts/images). Sadly, this is a developing trend that extends into secondary education.

The school learning values of RESPONSIBILITY and RESILIENCE are key elements of our curriculum and community focus which both impact mental health and wellbeing.

What happens outside of school, sadly, does not always stay outside of school and we are committed to educating our pupils on the productive/positive aspects of social media as well as the negative!

Our Aims:

  • We take ALL aspects of Safeguarding seriously at NES – whether online or in-school!
  • We have robust measures in place to ensure that pupils cannot access material/content that is inappropriate through the use of the LGfL filtering service whilst in school.
  • We use on-screen buttons to close down screens IF unsure (prior to teacher intervention).
  • Pupils are NOT allowed to use personal devices on the school site and we discourage use by parents/carers in the interests of promoting good role models and family focus (except in the case of emergencies).
  • Any personal devices of pupils are handed in to the school office at the start of the day – clearly named – and collected at 3:15. Pupils do NOT open devices whilst on the school site.
  • Pupils are shown what they are signing up for in user-friendly terms ie free access to their contacts/images as age appropriate etc.
  • Pupils are informed about the free use of age-restricted apps:

Age restrictions vary across social media platforms; usually, users should be no younger than 16 years old (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.).

Almost no services use robust age-verification processes. It is very easy to sign-up with a false date of birth. That said, they are pretty quick to delete the accounts of users when they discover they are underage.

The Online Safety Curriculum works across the whole school to provide age-appropriate guidance, discussion and advice.

The Online Safety Curriculum is taught throughout the year with specific focal points eg NESSIE (North Ealing School’s Safer Internet Environment) competition/assemblies in September and Safer Internet Day involvement (S.I.D.) in February.

For a full understanding of the Online Safety Policy, taught at North Ealing Primary School, please view below:

Online Safety Useful Links and Resources

The Children’s Charity

Parent INFO
FRom CEOP & The Parent Zone

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command

Think U Know
Education Programme from CEOP

Think You Know
For 4 – 7 ages

Think You Know
For 8 – 10 ages

Think You Know
For Parents and Carers

YouTube Kids
Made just for children

Mobiles & Smartphones
How to stay safe

Parental Controls
Keep your child safe online

Setup Your Child’s Device
Do this safely

Online Safer Internet
Online Safety Tips & Advice

Guide to Social Media & Apps

Internet Matters
Keeping Children Safe Online

Online Safety Educators

UNICEF – Cyberbullying
Resource and Education

Online Gaming
Play Safe Online

Common Sense Media
Unbiased Information & Trusted Advice

Social Media Guide
Parents guide to social media

WhatsApp Guide
A guide for parents and carers

CEOP YouTube Channel
Guide to watching online videos

Cyberbullying in Gaming
Parental help with gaming