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The internet is a source of concern for many parents.  This page offers information for parents about how you can help keep your daughter/son safe when using the Internet.

How to set up parental controls on your child’s devices

Click HERE to download the PDF document.

Online Safety Newsletter

June 2023 - Click HERE to download.

July 2023 - Click HERE to download.

September 2023 - Click HERE to download.

October 2023 - Click HERE to download.

April 2024 - Click HERE to download.

June 2024 - Click HERE to download.

Advice to Parents

Please see links below to two websites to support you in keeping your child safe online along with other useful parenting advice on matters such as sex and relationships and health and wellbeing:,67,68,69,70,72&ref=4765#mMain


Thinkuknow Parents Helpsheets


Thinkuknow website


Where can I go to get support to keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)

  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)

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The Click CEOP button is an asset of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. The CEOP Command works to protect children from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline.


The button has been developed to offer children, young people, parents/carers and professionals working with these groups with a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP. This is offered as a convenient and potentially less intimidating method of reporting these sensitive types of crime, alternative to face-to-face and telephone reporting to local police forces.

YouNow Parents’ Guide – Information about YouNow a live-streaming social network. This guide is to help parents understand this video chat service and to be aware of serious issues such as inappropriate content and the sharing of personal information.


Top Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe On line

  • Ensure your child shares their password with you to enable you to monitor ‘chat’

  • Educate your child to never put pictures of themselves, members of the family, friends etc on Facebook or other social media sites.

  • If your child has access to a web camera, make sure you know when and what it is being used for.

  • Ensure that the online parental controls are set correctly, and please do not ask your child how to do this, ask a trusted friend or refer to your internet service provider.

  • Use the ‘Report Abuse’ facility on social media sites; they are an excellent way to report any suspicious activity.

  • You can also obtain help and report concerns via our online ‘SHARP’ (Student Help Advice Reporting Page) System. This online tool allows anyone to report any concerns or incidents which occur within the school and local community anonymously.


You can report ANYTHING that you are concerned about to Smithills School using our SHARP system.  Reports to this system are picked up by Sue Gastall our Safeguarding officer.  You can report confidentially.  Remember, if you have a concern about yourself, someone else – tell, tell, tell:

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