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Online Safety and Security


"The school’s work to keep students safe online, known as e-safety, is exemplary. Students know exactly how to stay safe." (OFSTED 2015)


The school believes that it is vital to give parents and carers access to useful resources so that they can help keep their children safe online. Online safety is a safeguarding issue rather than a technical issue - it is more about parenting and communication skills than technology.

Please take the time to browse the resources below, and don't hesitate to contact the school if you need further advice.


Priory's Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Twilley - she can be contacted on 01273 476231 x208

We also have an E-Safety Officer responsible for technical advice, Mr Hockin and an anonymous reporting service, Whisper - click here for details.


If you have a safeguarding concern regarding our students out of school hours, please use the contact details on this ESCC page.


Other reporting links :


CEOPReportBtn for online abuse

police for illegal online content

police for a child in immediate danger (or ring 999)



Activities In School


Our Working Group

meetingPriory has an active Online Safety Working Group including parental and student representatives who meet regularly. Suggestions for discussion or any other input from parents and carers is most welcome.





surveyFeedback from our parents and carers about online safety is very important to us and helps to shape the advice we give out. You can view the results of our most recent survey here.



Our Policies

govsAll our students sign an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) when they start at Priory. It sets out our expectations for their behaviour when using computers at the school, of which staying safe online is a key component. It's a good idea to discuss it with your child - please click here to download a copy. You can also view our Internet Filtering Protocol.



Advice from the school

es posterOur handy poster is free to download on the left

or you can view our most recent Technical Tips Presentation

(don't worry, it's not very technical!)














Safer Internet Day

sid2018Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. We promote SID at the school in various ways such as assemblies, posters and online safety quizzes for students and staff.





Technology Guides

You can read some general advice here.

For advice on the safety tools available on all the main social networks, click here.

To learn how to quickly set up parental controls on all the major platforms, click here.

For more specific guides to various online platforms, click the helpsheet links below.

If you are concerned because your child has already got into trouble online, you can download a very useful advice booklet here.


Device Helpsheets













iPod Touch

Kindle Fire



PS4 & Vita



Other Helpsheets

Instagram Checklist

Snapchat Checklist

Twitter Checklist

Facebook Checklist

E-Safety : Adoptive Parents

E-Safety : Foster Carers

ASK FM Guidance

Childnet Links Handout

Online Gaming Guide

Online Reputation Checklist

Priory Links Handout

Webcam Guidance

Supporting Young People Online


Other Resources

Useful links

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If you have other children of primary school age take a look at the NSPCC's Share Aware site or Google's Be Internet Awesome game :

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The Know IT All CD



This is an excellent resource for parents produced by ChildNet International - you can access it online.






Computer security advice

Get Safe Online




How to check the suitability of video games

Gaming is a massive and enjoyable part of most young people's lives, but it can involve problems via possible exposure to age-inappropriate material, abusive online communication, risky behaviour or hidden costs. You can help keep your child safe by being familiar with the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) system which rates video games according to their content and suitability for different ages. You can access the main PEGI website here including their searchable database of games.

Age ratings


3 : Suitable for ages 3 and older. May contain mild violence in an appropriate context for younger children, but neither bad language nor frightening content is allowed.

7 : Suitable for ages 7 and older. May contain mild or unrealistic violence (e.g. violence in a cartoon context), or elements that can be frightening to younger children.

12 : Suitable for ages 12 and older. May contain violence in either a fantasy context or a sporting action, coarse language, mild sexual references or innuendo, or gambling.

16 : Suitable for ages 16 and older. May contain explicit or realistic-looking violence, strong language, sexual references or content, gambling, or encouragement of drug use.

18 : Suitable for ages 18 and older. May contain graphic violence, including "violence towards defenceless people" and "multiple, motiveless killing", vulgar language, strong sexual content, gambling, drug glamourisation, or discrimination.

Content descriptions


Bad language


CEOP Videos

Your child may have watched one of CEOP's Thinkuknow films at school; they are a great way to start conversations with them about what can happen online and what they can do about it. The films may also be a good way for you to learn about some of the pressures young people may face, what can go wrong and what you can do about it. Ask your child if they have seen any of the films below - why not sit down and watch one together and discuss the topics? We would recommend that you watch the film on your own beforehand so that you’re aware of the topics it covers.