Online Safety

Link to Thinkuknow

Link to Thinkuknow for Parents

Link to Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre        Link to Childline

Clifton Primary works hard to ensure that new technologies are used well to enhance learning opportunities. However, we recognise that children, parents, staff and governors need training 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 is embedded through:

  • a progressive ‘Digital Literacy’ curriculum that is taught in every year group in the Spring term (to coincide with National Safer Internet Day);
  • full staff training, delivered annually (or more often if appropriate), as possible risks from new technologies arise;
  • an Acceptable Use Policy signed by all users;
  • forensic software (Policy Central) to monitor acceptable use;
  • parent workshops and training delivered annually;
  • information on Online Safety and report abuse buttons on our school website;
  • our Safer Internet Policy which is updated annually.

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.

Useful Websites

The following websites are useful for further guidance and support:


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.

Link to ThinkUKnow


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

Useful Documents

Technical Advice for Parents

Make a family agreement

Take time as a family to make some key decisions, such as:

  • Time limits; these may vary for children of different ages.
  • What information can be shared online: SMART
  • What to do if help is needed: Turn Off and Tell
  • Where computers can be used: this is always best in communal rooms rather than in bedrooms.
  • Which websites can be accessed.


It's important to take time to talk to your children about what they use technology for. You could ask questions like:

  • Why do they like the website?
  • What can they do on it?
  • What's so fun about it?
  • Who uses it at school?
  • How do you talk to people?
  • Who are your friends on this site?

Understand devices

Be clear on different devices and the safety aspects of each of them. You can read more on UK Safer Internet Centre's Parents' Guide to Technology

E-Safety Videos

Parents' e-safety tips for children under 5.

Parents' e-safety tips for children from 6 to 10 years.

Parents' e-safety tips for children from 11 to 13 years.