Online Safety

While the internet is a great way for children and young people to stay in touch with their friends and keep busy, it can also bring risks. Now more than ever it’s important to talk to children about staying safe online and about the apps and sites they are using.

Online Safety Leaflet

BHS Online Safety Curriculum Overview

Top tips for staying safe online

Join the children of Bentley High Street sharing their top tips for online safety on Safer Internet Day 2021.

Useful Websites for Parents

Below are some links to websites containing information to support you keeping your child safe online. 

Internet Matters
This website contains lots of leaflets with information about keeping safe online. The leaflets are aimed at parents and are produced for different age ranges.

Think U Know
The Think U Know website contains a lot of information on online safety for both children and parents.

NSPCC Online
Safety Information

Parent Guides and Useful Websites

On Safer Internet Day 2021, we did a survey with our KS2 children to understand what they do online, which games and apps they use and what they worry about when using the internet. 

We will use this information to plan our half-termly online safety assemblies in school. 

The full analysis can be seen in the document below but the main points are:

  • The majority of children spend 3-4 hours a day online which is more than the recommended average of 2 hours for their age. See below for top tips on reducing screen time for both parents and children. 
  • Most children use the internet for gaming and YouTube. Please see the parent guides below for safety tips for Youtube and common games.
  • Half of our children have seen or experienced nasty comments being made online. They mostly listed this as their main worry online, See the section below for parent and child guides on cyberbullying
  • TikTok and Watsapp are becoming more popular ways for children to communicate. Please see the parent safety guides below with age restriction information. 

If you need any support with your child's internet usage or are worried about their online behaviour and need advice, please get in touch. 

Here is some information for both parents and children on reducing screen time

Let's talk about Screen Time. Top Tips for parents
How to not be a Screen Zombie

Please see below for some parent safety guides about the apps and games that our children told us they use the most

What parents need to know about Facebook
What parents need to know about Minecraft
What parents need to know about Roblox
What parents need to know about TikTok
What parents need to know about Watsapp
What parents need to know about Call of Duty
What parents need to know about YouTube

Understanding age ratings on games

Parent Guide on Age Ratings

Safety tips for children with new devices

Online Safety Tips for children with new devices

Information on cyberbullying

Children's Guide to Online Bullying
Parent's Guide to Online Bullying
Being Kind Online