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E-Safety Policy BCWCAT

E-Safety is paramount to the education of children at our school and it is vitally important that children are aware of how to conduct themselves online. We hope to support our children to develop these skills, to prepare them for our digital world. We hope that this page provides some useful tips and information to parents and carers, ensuring that our children are safe both at school and at home. 

Possible Home Rules

How can I support/protect my child at home?

1)      Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.

2)      Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself/your child and ensure your child is also aware of the risk.  Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it. 

3)      Keep your privacy settings as high as possible. 

4)      Never give out your passwords/children's passwords. 

5)      Ensure that your child does not befriend people they don’t know personally. 

6)      Have open conversations about what your child discusses online. Encourage them to tell you if they have been asked to meet up with someone online. 

7)      Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are. 

8)      Think carefully about what you say before you post something online. Encourage your child to think before they share something online. 

9)      Teach your child the importance of respecting the people’s views of others. 

10)   Teach your child this very important rule:  If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

Social Media

The legal age requirement to hold a social media account on most platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat) is 13 years old.

What you need to know:

Instagram Safety Tips

TikTok Safety Tips

Snapchat Safety Tips

Early Computing Safety 

Early use of computers has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity. But it’s not without risks for children, who may come across inappropriate content or begin to copy what older children do online.


Cyberbullying is when someone bullies others over the internet or on a mobile phone by sending abusive emails or texts directly or by posting nasty comments or humiliating images for others to see.

Here is a link to explain Cyberbullying in more detail, including the different types of cyberbullying: Helping Children Deal with Bullying & Cyberbullying | NSPCC

Like any form of bullying, cyberbullying can be horrible for the children involved and hard for them to talk about.

Here are some links that might support you in discussing cyberbullying with your child at home:

How can I help my child if they are being bullied? | NSPCC

Cyberbullying | Bullying online advice (

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