Online Safety

Our school is committed to ensuring the online safety and wellbeing of our school community. We aim to support everyone at our school so that they are able to enjoy all the benefits of the digital world in a safe and secure way.

At West Kidlington Primary School and Nursery, we teach children in school how to be SMART when on line. This is taught across the school in different ways, and our assemblies regularly cover this approach.

Below are the rules that your child will learn at school in order to say safe. One great way to help is to ask your child if they know these rules!

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SAFE - Keep your personal information safe. When chatting or posting online, don’t give away things like your full name, password, or home address. Remember personal information can be seen in images and videos you share too. Keep them safe to keep yourself safe.

MEET - Meeting up with someone you only know online, even a friend of a friend, can be dangerous as this person is still a stranger. If someone you only know online ever asks you to meet up, for personal information, or for photos/videos of you, tell an adult straight away and report them together on Think U Know.

ACCEPTING - Think carefully before you click on or open something online (e.g. links, adverts, friend requests, photos) as you never know where they may lead to or if they contain viruses. Do not accept something if you are unsure of who the person is or what they’ve sent you.

RELIABLE - You cannot trust everything you see online as some things can be out of date, inaccurate, or not entirely true. To find reliable information, compare at least three different websites, check in books, and talk to someone about what you have found.

TELL - Tell a trusted adult if something or someone ever makes you feel upset, worried, or confused. This could be if you or someone you know is being bullied online. There are lots of people who will be able to help you, like your teachers, parents, or carers. Alternatively, you can contact Childline on 0800 11 11 or via the Childline website.

Parent Guides

National Online Safety 

National Online Safety's mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. The guides attached below provide up to date information about a wide variety of social media apps and platforms your child might be using and you can find even more by visiting the link.

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Need Advice, or to Submit a Report?

The NCA’s CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. CEOP protects children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA-led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies. Click the button below to access the CEOP safety centre:

The Report Harmful Content Button

The RHC button is an asset of SWGfL, a charity working internationally to ensure all benefit from technology, free from harm.

The button has been developed to offer anyone living in the UK a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to reporting routes for commonly used social networking sites, gaming platforms, apps and streaming services alongside trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting online harm to the RHC service for those over the age of 13 where an initial report has been made to industry but no action has been taken. RHC will review content in line with a sites' community standards and act in a mediatory capacity where content goes against these.

Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this going through our how we can help resource together.

RHC also have advice and links to reporting routes for other online harms people may come across or face, such as impersonation, privacy violations and intimate image abuse.

The RHC button provides a gateway to the RHC reporting pages, an area of the RHC website offering:

  • links to reporting routes on commonly used sites for 8 types of online harm
  • help, advice and support on what to do if experiencing or witnessing harm online
  • signposting to industry partners reporting forms and the ability to report legal but harmful content directly to RHC for further investigation

Reporting to RHC

Reports can be made 24/7 through the online reporting forms and helpline practitioners will review and respond to reports within 72 hours between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Reports can be made to RHC by anyone over the age of 13. SWGfL operates 3 helplines and to be sure you're getting the right support take a look at the Helpline flowchart to find out who can best support you.

SWGfL Report Harmful Content