Online Safety at Home

Online Safety

At Grade Ruan School we believe that online safety plays a vital role in keeping children safe. To help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material we have security measures in place to filter inappropriate materials during on-line activities and to monitor staff and pupil use of the available IT resources.

We record and manage any online safety incidents in accordance with SPCMAT policy.

At Grade Ruan we teach online safety to all year groups. We explain and demonstrate how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

To be successful at keeping children safe online, we need to work with parents to ensure the online safety message is consistent. It is important that parents spend time discussing with their children how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

Here are some useful links:

Cyberstreetwise – HM Government; this site provides excellent advice on how to protect yourself, your family and your business.


SafeSearchKids – UK delivers safe results from, powered by Google


Privacy Settings on XBox - Find out how to set up privacy settings for children accessing games via Xbox LIVE.


Internet Matters - find out what children are doing online, issues that might be affecting children, how to take action


Common Sense Media – provides trustworthy and reliable age appropriate media reviews for videos, games and films


ThinkUKnow – support and guidance for teachers, parents, carers and children


Digizen – advice on cyberbullying and social networking


Kidsmart – online e-Safety learning for the whole family


Childnet – hot topics and how to get to grips with digital issues


Safer Internet Centre - UK Safer Internet


NSPCC Online Safety Guidelines - helpful advice and tools


The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting your Child on the Internet - Protecting your child on the Internet


The table below was published by Cornwall Learning - the result of surveys in primary schools, the table indicates how KS1 and KS2 children are using technology at home.


Typical % per school

Use the internet at home


Access to the Internet unsupervised


Lack of parental controls – based on pupils viewing YouTube


Accessing YouTube


Playing on-line games


Using New technology – iPads/Hudl/Kindle/Smart TV


Have their own mobile phone


Have their own games console (usually in their bedroom)


Claim to have their own Facebook profile


Claim to use parent or siblings Facebook




The keys issues and themes Cornwall Learning identified from this survey are:

  •   Mobile devices – phones accessing the internet
  •   Smart TVs – ability to email, Skype, watch ‘adult theme’ programmes
  •   Catch-up TV – ability to watch inappropriate programmes
  •   Access to games consoles appears to be increasing
  •   Children not realising that when they are ‘online’ they are using the Internet
  •   Playing 13+, 18+ games and then simulating what they have seen and heard in the playground
  •   Playing online games with multiple players
  •   Accepting requests to be a ‘friend’ from an unknown source
  •   Online ‘friends’ in excess of 100.


Cornwall Learning has identified areas of concern as:

  •   Accessing the Internet unsupervised and from their own room
  •   No parental controls or ground rules in place
  •   Accessing YouTube
  •   Accessing inappropriate websites
  •   Online games – potential for violence, cyber-bullying, addiction
  •   Social media – lack of or inadequate privacy settings