A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

Online Safety

Shobnall Primary & Nursery School understands that using online services is an important aspect of raising educational standards, promoting pupil achievement, and enhancing teaching and learning. The use of online services is embedded throughout the school; therefore, there are a number of controls in place to ensure the safety of pupils and staff.

The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but they can be categorised into four areas of risk:

  • Content: Being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material, e.g. fake news, self-harm, and discriminatory  views.
  • Contact: Being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users, e.g. peer pressure, commercial advertising, and adults posing as children or young adults with the intention to groom or exploit children.
  • Conduct: Personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm, e.g. sending and receiving explicit messages, and cyberbullying.
  • Commerce: Risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and/or financial scams.

The measures implemented to protect pupils and staff revolve around these areas of risk. Our school has created a policy and age-appropriate curriculum with the aim of ensuring appropriate and safe use of the internet and other digital technology devices by all pupils and staff. 

What can parents do?

  • CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) has a dedicated website which covers all aspects of online safety. There are age relevant sections and specific areas for parents/carers containing games, videos and lots of advice and support to help you and your child learn how to stay safe online. They are also there to help you if things do go wrong.
  • We recommend that you take a look at the links below, and revisit them regularly.  Remember, technology is changing all the time, and the best way you can help your child stay safe is to keep up to date with these changes. We have also produced a handy guide for parents to online safety, which you can download from this page. The latest safety tips are also available on our weekly newsletter.

Policies & Procedures

Please click on the links below to access the relevant policies and procedures relating to online safety at Shobnall Primary and Nursery School.


NHS – Mental Health Helplines

MIND – Parenting with a mental health problem

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, we celebrated the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day with actions taking place all across the school. With a theme once again of “Together for a better internet”, the day called upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.

Read our newsletter and Twitter page to find out more about we got involved in the celebrations!

Please visit www.saferinternetday.org/ for further information.

Online Safety Meeting for Parents

Social Media Awareness for Parents

Following the national school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleagues in our partner services have seen a rise in reports of online bullying and incidents occurring over social media.

Please click on the links below to find further information regarding age restrictions on social media/apps and also a document from Staffordshire Police with further information about some apps that are popular with children as well as some further sources of support and information.

NSPCC & O2 have launched a campaign to illustrate how innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results.