Online Safety

Online Safety Curriculum - BE SMART

Article 17: All children have the Right to access information from the media. Children should be protected from materials that could harm them.

Alongside the Computing curriculum, children receive a SMART Online Safety curriculum which prepares them for using technology safely at school, at home and in the wider world.

What does S.M.A.R.T stand for?

S - SAFE: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information to people you are chatting with online. This means your full name, email address, phone number, home address, your photos or school name.

M - MEETING: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. How do you know that they are who they say they are? Only do so with your parents' or guardians' permission and even then only when they are with you so that they can keep you safe.

A - ACCEPTING: Accepting emails, instant messages like face-chat, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses that can make your computer sick or horrible messages that can be hurtful to you. If in doubt delete it and then find a grown up you trust and tell them.

R - RELIABLE: Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are. If you don't feel right about someone online always tell an adult.

T - TELL: Tell your parents, guardian or trusted grown up if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if someone you know is being bullied online. Remember if you are feeling bullied you have the power to switch that computer off and walk away! Don't listen to nasty words from nasty people, believe in yourself and find the courage to tell someone who can help you.

See the lessons for SMART here

We study one lesson per half term and at the start of every Computing lesson, we discuss online safety.

Online Safety - Parent's Help Point

Here at Penponds we take online safety extremely seriously. 

It can all be a bit of a minefield, both in keeping up with your child's IT habits and skills and navigating what's appropriate and what's not on the great world wide web.  We thought a few pointers might come in useful for our parents so below is a wealth of information that we keep regularly updated.

Research in America has identified potential warning signs for children with obsessive internet use as detailed in brief below.  

  • Loses track of time while online
  • Sacrifices needed hours of sleep to spend time online
  • Becomes agitated or angry when online time is interrupted
  • Becomes irritable if not allowed to access the internet
  • Prefers to spend time online rather than with friends or family
You can access a Parent Protect Learning Module on the link below
Other useful information can be found on the following links:

Five things parents should consider when buying games consoles:

  • Age appropriateness: some games consoles have a greater number of games suitable for younger children - Nintendo, 3DS and Wii U
  • Online purchases: prevent children from accidentally buying a game or spending money through in-game purchasing
  • Multiplayer networks: use parental controls settings to avoid children playing against people they don't know
  • Parental controls: set up parent controls straight away to ensure your child doesn't access inappropriate content
  • Standby mode: turn devices off so that they do not remain connected to the internet and download content when they are not in use

iPhones & Apps

As more and more children of primary age have access to smartphones, or even own their own, being savvy on the latest social networking sites is crucial to protect your child from inappropriate material for their age group.

Apps such as Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Snapchat all have age limits on them specific to their platform. Please ensure you check these before letting your child have access, as some content can be considered inappropriate. 

We've pulled together some useful links below for parents to help support their child using an Android or iPhone safely and responsibly.  Remember you can also contact your mobile provider for further advice and information about parental controls.

Useful Contacts

Childline: If someone is upsetting you, making you feel uncomfortable you can talk to someone in confidence by contacting childline.

You can call ChildLine at any time on 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor. Calls are free and confidential. Or click the link for further details:

NSPCC: If you have concerns about a child's safety and wellbeing, including a child in your own family, you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0800 800 5000, by text 88858 or By email - Or click the link for further details:

CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: If someone has acted inappropriately online towards you, or someone you know and to report abuse.

Thinkyouknow: Find out what's good on the internet, what's not and what you can do about it. Resources and games for parents, teachers and children of all ages.

Music, Film, TV and the Internet: Guide for Parents and Teachers on safe access to digital media.

How to Report Online
Any content related to radicalisation or terrorism can be reported to
Any concerns about online grooming can be reported to CEOP
Follow this link for the Internet Watch Foundation to report any online content that is illegal sexual images/videos of children and also report to the police.