Gillingham Primary School

Gillingham Primary School

Online Safety

Our children are growing up in a world where more and more their lives involve online content. The problems that some young people face and bring into school for support with today are very different to those that we, as parents, dealt with at their age. Yes, there are the incidents of people calling others names or bullying but today this is as likely to be happening online as it is in the playground. Children are exposed to wider communities than we ever were as young people - that is brilliant as there is a wealth of information out there that children / young people can find for themselves and that supports them to develop and grow - however as we are all too familiar there are also groups or individuals who would like to engage or encourage our young people into ideas or actions that as a family or community we would want to protect them from. The internet is not going anywhere - it will continue to be a bigger and bigger part of all of our lives because it is useful and efficient. That means we all have a duty to protect and guide our young people to be safe - just like we wouldn't let our children go out in the dark in black clothes and walk across busy roads without teaching them to do it safely. We need to do the same with using the internet. Yes they are safe in the house but where are they and who are they interacting with are still two big questions we need to continue to ask and have answers to.

To help you as families achieve this we provide regular lessons on E-Safety at school. Research does show however that even when children understand the dangers in school they can go home and feel safe and then forget to follow the guidance they have been given. To support you further we have put together some advice links and pamphlets below that will hopefully support you keeping your children safe.

Our E-Safety lead is Dr Nash: if you would like further support, please do contact her at school.


 Guidance for using social media

Government advice is that social media sites are appropriate for young people aged 13 and above. Children below this should not be allowed accounts and if they access your accounts they should be supervised whilst doing so.








Guidance for using different technology in the home

This advice came from the UK Safer Internet Centre website

Advice on using smart speakers       Advice on using laptops

Advice on using phones                     Advice on using game consoles

Advice on using tablets                    Advice on using smart TVs

Advice on using social media platforms / apps


Useful External Websites:


Here is a link to a free to download app that parents can use to  keep themselves up to date with apps that their children might be using! It is created by the National Online Safety Group.

Android version      Apple version

If you come across something and you don't think it is suitable for the age range the site is aimed at or you think the content is unsuitable because it makes threats, it could be impersonation, bullies or is a form of harassment, promotes or contains materials that could promote self-harm or suicide, contains or promotes online abuse, has violent content, unwanted sexual advances or pornographic content then use the link below. It is quick and simple to report and is overseen by the UK Safer Internet Centre - appointed by the EU to try and keep the internet safe for everyone.



                      Live Streaming Advice










Click on the link below to see the most recent information from Dorset Police:

Dorset Police Safer Internet Resources