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E safety during Closure

As you will know we are currently closed to the majority of children at St Margaret's as per Government guidelines.

We are aware that this is likely to mean that many children will be spending an increased amount of time online over the coming weeks. Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at St Margaret's so please find below some helpful advice, links and documents which you may like to consider as to how you can keep your family safer online at home.

Please look at our normal e-safety page too.

E Safety Help & Advice for Parents

  • Set some Ground rules so that children have clear expectations on how and when they will use the internet and online features during closure and know what you expect also.
  • Have some 'tech free' times and areas.  Children need time away from a screen like all of us for their mental well-being.
  • Make the most of parental controls to restrict content and time on devices. Research and select the tools which are most suitable to you, your child and the technology in your home. Find more information on parental controls at:
  • Ensure you make appropriate checks on anyone online offering educational support to
    you and your child; whilst many people will be acting with good intentions, it’s
    important that we are stay vigilant when children are using the internet and act together.
  • Take an active interest in your child’s online activities and engage in their online world with them.
    - Ask your child which games, apps, websites or tools they like to use; create opportunities to discuss safe behaviour online.
    - Ask your child if they know where to go for help.

Mrs Smith, Mrs Leonard, Miss Fairhead and Mrs Fitter are always available to discuss any concerns that you may have or you are worried your child may have seen something online that is inappropriate or you are concerned by.  Do not hesitate to contact us.

Useful Documents and Websites

Remote Learning - top tips for parents
Parent's guide to internet safety
Online lesson guide  - Whilst we do not plan to use live teaching sessions at St Margaret's we know that many of your children are accessing online learning through extra curricular clubs.  This documents outlines some useful advice to think about if this is the case
Online safety tips for children
KS2 esafety quiz - Complete this quiz alongside your children.  It may be a good way to start discussions.
Buddy the dog's Internet Safety Story KS1 - Suitable for KS1

Internet Matters:
Internet Matters bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online. It has a tool which guides you through how to set up parental controls on all the different devices in your home to protect your children.

Think U Know:
The National Crimes Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) have a website which is suitable for children aged 5-16 and a section just for parents/carers with advice and information.


UK Safer Internet Centre:
UK Safer Internet Centre provides a wide variety of advice and guidance to help you discuss online safety with your children. There are useful checklists for privacy settings on social networks.


National online Safety:
This site equips staff, children and parents with the knowledge they need to understand internet safety.  The site also regularly updates guides to all the latest online platforms including apps such as TikTok, Zoom, Houseparty etc.  If your child is using it there should be a guide and it may be a good idea to read up on what they may be seeing when using it.    These can be found here  We've tried to include some below that might be particularly useful in the current climate.

Houseparty Guide
Tik Tok Guide
Zoom Guide
Fortnite guide
Instagram guide
Nintendo switch  guide
Whatsapp guide

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