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Modern life means that it is inevitable that children will become familiar with social media. Social media is a fantastic way for people to get together and communicate with each other. It can also be a very dangerous platform when not used safely and correctly.

At Poringland Primary School and Nursery, we are very keen to teach all pupils about E-Safety. This is done through class teaching and assemblies.  Children learn by discussing how to deal with potential situations, and by sharing their knowledge and experience.  They are trained how to react and what the correct procedures are to stay happy and safe.

Top Ten E-Safety Tips

  1. Always think of your personal safety first when using ICT or your mobile phone. Remember it is easy for anyone to lie about who they are online, so you can never really be sure about who you are talking to.
  2. Do not give out any personal information about yourself online to people you do not know. This includes your full name, address, street name, postcode, or school name.
  3. Never give your contact number to anyone who you don’t know.
  4. It’s a good idea to use a nickname rather than your real name.
  5. Don’t meet people that you have only spoken to online. If you do decide to meet up with anyone in real life, then make sure you take a trusted adult with you and meet in a public place at a busy time.
  6. Never give out pictures online or over a mobile unless you know the person in real life. It is easy for people to take your pictures and alter them, send them on, or even pretend to be you with them.
  7. Always use private settings whenever you are setting up a social networking page or an Instant Messenger (IM) account. 
  8. Anything you post or upload to the internet is there forever so be very careful what you put online. 

  9. Never go onto webcam with people you don’t know in real life. Webcam images can be recorded and copied and also shared with other people.
  10. If you receive any messages or pictures that worry or upset you talk to an adult you trust. You may also report it online, via CEOP’s Thinkuknow website.

Useful websites


CEOP Safety Centre

Online abuse report link


EST E-Safety website

A Parent’s Guide to Fortnite

How to restrict in-app purchases

Online Family Safety Agreement

Online Gaming: An Introduction for Parents

How to set up Parental Controls

PEGI Age Ratings

Video Games Parent Guides

Parents’ Guide to Apps (including Social Media)


Keeping Children Safe On Line

Action for Children: Advice for Keeping Children Safe On Line

Guide to Social Networking

Online Safety

SMART rules poster



Ask About Games

Net Aware

Age restrictions for social media platforms