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E-Safety and Cyberbullying Advice

E-Safety Mark

In July 2015 Woodthorpe School was awarded accreditation of the E Safety Mark which recognises safe practice by both staff and children in the use of the internet and also how data and personal information is protected within school.


Mrs McDonald led the initiative and worked hard to ensure that our efforts were recognised in this vital area of our work. The assessor spoke to children, parents, staff and governors and asked some very probing questions to ensure the process was rigorous and fair.


We will be assessed again in three years time when we will be striving to retain the award.

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If you suspect it, report it!

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is a branch of the police set up to deal with online issues.

CEOP Report Abuse Button

999 or local police on 101



'Report abuse’ buttons are widely available on social media to report your concern directly to the provider but if it is a criminal offense, this should be reported directly to the police.

It is useful to collect evidence. This can be done by pressing the ‘print screen’ button on your keyboard or photograph screen button on your iPad. Then save the picture. 



At Woodthorpe Primary School we teach children to minimise the browser (or turn the screen off) if something appears that they don’t like. This way we can investigate how they came to the page in question.

What can I do to protect my child?


  • Rule setting/agreement – what, who, how long, where
  • Open discussion
  • Monitoring
  • Parental controls

It’s worth being aware that no parental controls or filtering options are 100% fool proof.



  • Looking at browser history.
  • Being a ‘friend’ or ‘follower’ to your child on social media.
  • Showing an interest and asking your child to show you their game etc…
  • Consider where you child is accessing the internet.


For conversation starters and more ideas:


Parental Controls

There are four main places you can find parental controls, and it can help to set up a combination of these:


Internet provider

You can set up filters to help block access to inappropriate content on any device that connects to your home Wi-Fi. For videos and more information from BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media on how to set up parental controls:


Mobile operator

Filters are often provided as part of your mobile contract, with you having to prove your age to access adult content, but you can double-check with your provider.


Friendly Wi-Fi

Public access Wi-Fi is becoming more popular. Look out for the Friendly WiFi symbol
which means the content has been filtered. For more information: Digital Friendly WiFi Logo





Devices (mobile phones, tablets and iPads)

Most devices have parental control settings and many of these are available in the app store.

Some useful ones to consider are:

  • Password Apps (search ‘password app’ in your app store). There are a number of options: you could put a password on your app store only; on accessing the device; or some apps enable you to passwords some apps but not others (so you could leave child friendly apps password free).
  • Time Limit Apps (search ‘time limit apps’ your app store). There are apps available that allow you to set a time limit on the amount of time spent on a device or that a device can only be accessed between certain hours, for example.
  • GPS/location functions – you might want to consider disabling location functions on your/your child's devices or discuss with your child when they are used.
  • Windows Devices allow a two-step verification:

For more information:


Online services

Sites like BBC iPlayer and YouTube have parental control settings to help restrict access to inappropriate content:


Social Networks

Most social networks have a range of security settings available, such as who can see posts/photos and whether information such as date of birth and location is shown. For more information see:



These sites also have ‘report abuse’ buttons for you to contact them with inappropriate content but remember if it’s illegal you should contact the police or CEOP directly.

CEOP Report Button

999 or local police on 101



Gaming Devices

Did you know games have age ratings, just like films? These are called PEGI ratings.

PEGI Rating Symbol - age 3PEGI Rating Symbol - age 7PEGI Rating Symbol - age 12 PEGI Rating Symbol - age 16 PEGI Rating Symbol - age 18


PEGI Rating Symbol - violence PEGI Rating Symbol - bad language PEGI Rating Symbol - fear PEGI Rating Symbol PEGI Rating Symbol PEGI Rating Symbol - discrimination PEGI Rating Symbol - gambling PEGI Rating Symbol - gaming


For more information:


Internet based gaming is becoming increasingly popular with gamers communicating with each other through headsets. Be aware who your child is talking to. For more information

Safer Internet - gaming devices

Gaming Devices - Parental controls