Online safety

The Internet is a huge resource available to our children. It is a fascinating and effective tool for both teaching and learning, at home and within school. We believe that it is paramount that all users from children to adults are educated on how to use the Internet safely.


News from Digital Warriors in school

What is Online safety?

Online safety is ELECTRONIC SAFETY for all (especially children) and it is often associated with websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, WhatsApp and any other social network. Online safety however covers all electronic safety such as identifying appropriate and inappropriate e-mails, text messages and much more.

Please make sure you know what your child/children are doing online. It is important to remember that if you allow your child internet access at home, parental supervision is recommended. Ideally, the computer screen, tablet or phone should be in an easily viewable position in the family living area.

CEOP: The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command

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:

CEOP Safety Centre

Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board

A useful link to a local website about child online safety.

Lancashire Safeguarding Childrens Board

Help for parents

At Gisburn Road we educate our children on online safety from an early age and this continues throughout school. We teach online safety with support from the websites below. These websites are suitable for parents and pupils, as well as school and have activities and games for children to complete:

Here are some more useful publications which can be downloaded in PDF format.

School policies

Social Media and Electronic Communication Policy

Full Social Media Policy
  1. Introduction
  2. Scope
  3. Legal framework
  4. Related policies
  5. Principles – be professional, responsible and respectful
  6. Personal use of social media
  7. Using social media on behalf of Gisburn Road Community Primary School
  8. Monitoring of internet use
  9. Breaches of policy
  10. Appendix A: Requirements for creating social media sites on behalf of Gisburn Road Community Primary School
  11. Appendix B: Social Media Site Creation Approval Form


Digital Safety Policy

Full Digital Safety Policy
  1. Introduction
  2. Vision for Digital Safety
  3. The role of the Digital Safety Champion
  4. Policies and practices
    • Security and data management
    • Use of mobile devices
    • Use of digital media
    • Communication technologies
    • Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
    • Dealing with incidents
  5. Infrastructure and technology
  6. Education and Training
    • eSafety across the curriculum
    • eSafety -Raising staff awareness
    • eSafety – Raising parents/carers awareness
    • eSafety – Raising Governors’ awareness
  7. Standards and inspection


Acceptable Use Policy for staff and visitors

Full Acceptable Use Policy

Digital Safety: Acceptable Use Policy for staff and visitors to Gisburn Road Community Primary School

  1. Access and professional use
  2. Data protection and system security
  3. Personal use
  4. Agreement


Acceptable Use Policy for parents and pupils

Under 7s Over 7s

Digital Safety: Acceptable Use Policy for pupils and parents

  1. Parents Code of Conduct
  2. Use of Photographic Images/Videos
  3. Use of the internet and ICT systems in school
  4. Permission Slips
  5. Pupil Acceptable Use Policy Agreement


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