Online Safety

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Link to Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre        Link to Childline

The internet is an exciting place which over half of the world's population uses every day. We can use it to:

  • Search for information and find things out.
  • See pictures of faraway places and people.
  • Talk and share things with family and friends.
  • Play games.
  • Complete homework tasks.
  • Make 'friends'.
  • Shop.

Clifton Primary works hard to ensure that new technologies are integral to the learning process both in and outside school: in addition to school-based ICT resources we currently have one-to-one devices in both Years 5 and 6, which children take home to complete projects with and take responsibility for their own learning.

However, we recognise that children, parents, staff and governors need training and guidance on how to deal with online safety issues. We believe that children need to be aware of these issues in order to protect themselves and also, to enable them to take advantage of the wealth of information that the Internet offers

Online Safety at Clifton is comprehensive and threaded through the school:

  • It is part of the curriculum: in discrete and cross-curricular lessons.
  • A progressive Digital Literacy curriculum is in place across school and lessons take place every half term.
  • Full staff training is delivered annually and also on an ongoing basis, as possible risks from new technologies arise.
  • There are CEOP accredited trainers on the Leadership Team.
  • All users of the school systems sign an Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Policy Central is used to monitor acceptable use; the Leadership Team has received training in this.
  • A Safer Internet body meets annually, including the Safeguarding Officer and the Chair of Governors.
  • Parent workshops and training are delivered annually.
  • The school website contains information on Online Safety and report abuse buttons.
  • The school celebrates Safer Internet Day: assemblies; PSHE activities.
  • IT buddies in Year 6 assist in Safer Internet assemblies and inform parents and children of any safer internet news.
  • Our Safer Internet Policy is updated annually. See our Safeguarding Policies page.

This approach aims to create a managed system in school, where pupils are fully aware of the risks, including cyber-bullying, and actively try to prevent them from occurring. They understand very clearly what constitutes unsafe situations and are highly aware of how to keep themselves and others safe using the school Turn off and Tell and SMART rules:

Turn Off and Tell
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CEOP is the main UK agency for keeping children safe online and has a wealth of information for parents and staff. Children are trained in school to recognise the click CEOP button (below), which they can use to report anything online that they feel is inappropriate. Within school, we have staff trained through this agency who can offer help and advice to parents.

Link to Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre


Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. During the Autumn term, workshops are run in years 4 to 6 which make children aware of this service. Children can ring to talk to counsellors for help, including that any issues that may arise online. Calls are free on 0800 1111.

Link to Childline

Think U Know

This site aims to make online parenting simple. Here you will find practical tips and simple guidance.

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Whether you're puzzled by parental controls or would like to know more about gaming, this website can help. On this site you'll find a whole host of useful ways to keep your child safe.

Link to Childnet International