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Ofsted describes e-safety as a school’s ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology as well as having appropriate mechanisms in place to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.

At Sherington we take the safeguarding of pupils and staff seriously. We work to ensure that we are helping to create safer environments for pupils, staff and families on-line as well as off.

Enabling pupils to take full advantage of technology and preparing them for the real world whilst providing a safe environment is a tricky balancing act. Locked-down systems that exert total control over what students can access online provides no opportunity for them to learn how to become digitally responsible.

Protecting students means providing a safe learning environment by using appropriate monitoring and filtering to control what pupils can access while at school. But, this only protects them while they are on school premises. Education around e-safety is the only way to ensure that, wherever they are, they know how to stay safe online.

As a learning community, the school works in conjunction with parents to educate and safeguard pupils and families.


  • Online behaviour – understanding what constitutes cyber-bullying, how to behave safely and show respect for others
  • Protecting your online reputation – understanding the risks and rewards of sharing personal information online (your digital footprint)
  • Rules and regulations around social networking
  • Understanding the reliability and validity of online information
  • Data security – keeping your personal information safe and being aware of viruses and hacking
  • Knowing what to do if anything bad happens


Parents or children can use the ‘CEOP’ button on the top right corner to report concerns directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre who are dedicated to protecting children from harm online and offline.

Parents should also raise any concerns about online safety with the school office.


Parental Controls:

The link below covers the main free services available from companies such as Norton to UK ISPs as well as the services already built in to most operating systems. It considers and looks at how parents can actually get the most use from these services, for example where they don’t do everything, as well as how they could help to prevent or at least detect cyberbullying.


Here is also a article looking into the effectiveness of filtering software, that highlights how parents need to be parents online as well as offline. 



*The links below have been provided as a resource for parents and may not be suitable for primary aged children.

Ofsted E-Safety September 2015

Parents Online Safety resources

Sherington Primary School Online Safety for Parents January 2016

General Online Safety Great starting point. Lots of practical advice

Online bullying
Anti-bullying top tips:

Mobile Devices

Set restrictions on an Android device
Set restrictions on iPad or iPhone


Google safety tools:

Set Safety Mode on YouTube:

Windows and Mac:

Windows 7 –
Windows 8 –
Windows 10 –

Mac Computer Safety –

Xbox Live:

Reporting abuse on Xbox live

Parental controls on Xbox 360:

Xbox One Core Family Safety Features:

Xbox One Security Features:

Playstation Network:

Reporting abuse on Playstation network:

Parental controls on Playstation 3:

Parental controls on Playstation 4: