Online Safety

In an age of rapid integration of technologies and growing accessibility of information and data, it is essential that schools provide children with the digital literacy skills to thrive in an ever-changing 21st century.

At Ponteland Primary, Online Safety is integral to our responsibility to ensure that children are kept safe in school. We are committed to the safe and responsible integration of technology throughout our school and recognise technology as a valuable tool for learners of all ages.

All pupils are given opportunities to creatively embrace technology as an essential part of our curriculum. This is achieved through the integration of classroom interactive displays, chrome books and iPads enabling internet access.

There are well-publicised concerns regarding material on the internet, some of which is unsuitable for pupils. Whilst it is impossible to ensure that children will not access such material, our school, in liaison with , takes all necessary and reasonable measures to minimise the pupils’ access to such material. This includes:

  • Network filtering provided by Lightspeed to ensure that children cannot gain access to websites that include unsuitable material.
  • The requirement of both teaching and support staff to ensure that children are continually supervised whilst using a device connected to the internet

The safe and responsible use of the internet is also an integral aspect of our curriculum and woven throughout our computing curriculum provision.

Here are some useful links to sites to help you keep your child/ren safe on devices and the internet.  


Keeping children safe online

How to keep your child safe on the internet. From NSPCC.

What are Parental controls?

Advice on setting up parental controls to help you keep your child safe online. From NSPCC.

Social Networks and Children

A Guide to the Social networks your child uses

Talking with your child

How to talk with your child about staying safe online and what to do if you have any concerns

National Online Safety Campaign

Spot how many ways you can stay safe online

Has someone done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe?

Make a report to one of CEOP’s experienced Child Protection Advisors

5-7 Year old Computer Safety

Fun videos/cartoons for 5-7 years about using computers safely

8-10 year old computer safety

Fun site for 8-10 about using internet safely and what to do if they feel unsure

11-13 year old computer safety

Site for 11-13 year olds

Parents - Protecting your child online

How to protect your child from abuse online