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Guidance about age appropriate games, social media and recent esafety related issues

Checklists for parental controls and safer settings

Staying safe and being a good friend on apps, sites and games


Here is some information about staying safe online and principles you can help us remind your children about.


There is a handy fridge flyer to help parents at which you may want to print out and keep.


The Children's Commissioner has provided a framework called the ‘Digital Five a Day’ with five things to think about each day to help create a balance between screen time and mental health.


Your children may have become more familiar with ways to chat with friends online and it is good to stay in touch.  There is some advice and other resources to help you reinforce kind and appropriate behaviour when communicating online.


There have been reports of children being upset by bullying on chat apps, as well as some distressing images being shared between friendship groups. This can usually be avoided if we remind children and young people to look out for their friends, not say anything that they wouldn't like to hear themselves, and always stop or stand up for others if someone gets upset.  


Please remind your children never to share scary or rude images, even to complain about them. If they do see something that worries them or that might be wrong, all they need to do is ask for help from a trusted adult. They could talk to you or to us, or they may feel more comfortable talking anonymously to Childline. If you or they are concerned about an adult's behaviour towards a child online, report them to CEOP. And as a parent, you can also contact the NSPCC - O2 advice line on 0808 800 5002.


One more thing - this may sound like more relevant to older children, but the very youngest children need reminding not to get undressed or changed online. There’s a fun song to get this message across at (plus background information for you).


There are lots more links and resources below to help you explore and share key ESafety messages with your children.

Guide to social media

Children love to socialise and as they get older, they will want to stay in touch with family and friends online. Here is a guide for parents to help their children stay safe.

WhatsApp launches new disappearing messages option

During November 2020, WhatsApp will be rolling out 'disappearing messages' functionality. The feature will allow WhatsApp users to enable disappearing messages on chat conversations between friends, to automatically delete messages after seven days. Wiping will also apply to videos and photos.

Whilst WhatsApp's minimum user age is 16, many children and young people have accounts. Auto-deleting entries could increase the risk to younger users as evidence of any issues may not be available.
NEW Online Safety Videos from New Zealand

There is a link below to an online safety video called 'Where's Klaus?'*, in which the boy's mother keeps opening the door to various unsuitable people from 'The Internet'. It's nearly ten years old now, but the message is still very relevant today.

A new campaign from the New Zealand Government has just launched and four videos have been created to get the message home, illustrating the different challenges for parents online.

The videos can be found here:


Online Bullying:

Online Grooming:

Inappropriate Content:

More information here: You can find the videos and resources here:


Where is Klaus? klicksafe (English version)

Parent and carers guide to live streaming

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Advice for children and parents on Staying Safe online from the Children's Commissioner

Thinkuknow. Parent and carers guide to sharing images (Primary)

This video looks at why children like sharing pictures and videos, what the risks are, and what parents and carers can do to help their child share safely.

Think u Know - Parents help sheet about keeping children safe online

BBC Own It App updated for COVID-19

The BBC's Own It app
helps young people new to social media manage their well-being, whilst empowering children to make smart choices, and helping them to lead a positive life online.

The Own It app and keyboard lets children:
  • get advice whenever they type
  • track their feelings
  • win badges as they reflect
  • find help when they need it
  • taking quizzes to learn more about themselves

The app also includes a special keyboard to use which offers helpful tips and friendly advice to children when they need it.  The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.

ESafety Advice from Birmingham Local Education Authority for teachers and parents.

Leaders and Governors Knowledge (Jan 2018)

Follow @WMPDigitalPCSO for regular tweets about cyber safety

Key ESafety organisations


During partial or whole school closure, we anticipate that children may be spending more time online. Birmingham Local Education Authority has published some guidance for parents and teachers which is available below, and encourages us all to be vigilant.  Please see and the links and documents on this page for more information.


If you have a concern that a young person or child has had inappropriate contact or has been approached by a stranger online, it's essential to report this to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre or the police.


At St Francis Primary School we teach the children how to use modern technologies to support their learning across the curriculum. Technology opens a world of opportunities to those who use it securely. Whilst pupils are using technologies at school there is a variety of software that runs in the background, designed to help keep children safe.


Although safer at school; it is essential that children learn how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and parents understand the importance they play in this role. At school we run E-safety days, where staff and community police come together to teach both pupils and parents/carers about the importance of keeping safe whilst using technology. Keep an eye out in the newsletter for our next event.