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Online Safety

Last updated: 12th February 2021

Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

UPDATED: The Department for Education (DfE) released guidance for parents and carers for supporting online safety in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. An updated version can be found by clicking here and it covers sexual abuse, radicalisation, sexting, cyber-bullying, age inappropriate content, apps to stay safe online and suicide content. 


Online Safety is the term used to talk about many things but, in its simplest form, it is all about staying safe online and when using digital devices. It is essential that children feel comfortable using the Internet and understand the important, and forever increasing, role that it plays in modern-day life. However, it is vital that children understand how to stay safe online and protect themselves from potential threats, dangers, distressing content and radicalisation.


This regularly-updated section of our website is aimed at helping parents/carers become familiar with aspects of Online Safety and how to support their children in the most effective ways possible. It’s important to remember that we don’t teach children to swim by showing them a video – we put them in the water and help them develop the skills to remain safe. The same applies with Online Safety – children won’t develop the necessary skills if we don’t let them use the Internet and online services and discover potential dangers as they arise.



Children are taught about Online Safety throughout their time at the school. However, it is an area that benefits greatly from additional input and reinforcement at home - hence why we have provided this page and hope that you find it extremely useful. 


Of course, there is also the number one best-selling book PENGUINPIG and MONKEYCOW written by our very own Mr Spendlow which has also toured the UK as a stage production too. Both books aim to deliver a strong message about Online Safety to children between the ages of 3-7. 








Additionally, there are some great guides for parents and carers on understanding certain trends. These are vital reading and have been kindly produced by National Online Safety.

KS1 & KS2 Recommended Free Resources List


It’s not necessarily all about knowing how technologies work or how to operate them, but more about understanding their uses and the dangers that could be associated with them.  The good news, however, is that Childnet International has a dedicated section for parents/carers which includes:

  • Conversation starters to discuss Online Safety with your children
  • Hot Topics on issues affecting youngsters online these days
  • A glossary of internet terms and abbreviations
  • Help on how to make a report online, including links to the Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) Centre


To access these resources, click here to visit Childnet.


The NSPCC also have excellent guidance for parents on discussing aspects of Online Safety with their children. They offer tried and tested strategies as well as providing support for various scenarios that you may be concerned are affecting your child. Click here to visit the NSPCC page for parents and carers.\


Don't forget to also download the latest edition of #DITTO. This is a FREE digital magazine from online safety expert, Alan Mackenzie. You can download the latest edition here.


As well as all of the resources listed here, there are many organisations, charities and companies that can offer support and advice around the subject of Online Safety. If you have concerns or wish to discuss anything further, please make an appointment to speak with Mr Spendlow.


Finally, the image below can help provide an easy way in to a discussion with children. The best way of approaching the subject of Online Safety is be overt - the moment children know they're being monitored in a covert way, they hide their activity and are less likely to approach an adult in the event of danger.


In terms of Tik Tok (an increasingly popular platform being used by children), a parental account can be paired to help monitor your child's activity. This is essential as it’s so difficult to shield inappropriate content on platforms such as Tik Tok. More information on this process can be found by clicking here.

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