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Online Safety

Welcome to the Online -safety area of our website. Here you will find links, resources and updates to supporting our children to stay safe online.

Digital Well- Being

Young people are growing up in a world where technology has always been present for them and this can have both a positive and negative impact on their lives.

On the one hand going online can mean being connected to friends, sharing experiences and learning new things but all of these experiences can also pose challenges for young people. With the online world being such a huge part of young people's lives today, it's very important that we help them to understand how to use it safely, sensibly and with an awareness of how it can impact on them.

What is digital wellbeing?

Our overall wellbeing is determined by the physical and emotional experiences we have on a daily basis. As technology continues to be such a huge part of our lives, from the way we represent who we are to the interactions we have with others, it too has an impact on our wellbeing. This is often referred to as your 'digital wellbeing' or 'online wellness.'

It is essentially about having an awareness of how being online can make us feel and looking after ourselves and others when online. This can include recognising the impact being online can have on our emotions, mental wellbeing and even on our physical health and knowing what to do if something goes wrong.

Our digital wellbeing can be influenced by the choices we make online, the content we see, the interactions we have with others and even how long we spend engaging with technology and the internet.

Reel Life - Interactive Game - Childnet

Lesson plans, resources, and quiz – Just a joke? -Childnet

Step up – speak up – Teaching toolkit – Childnet

STAR – SEND – toolkit – Childnet


CEOP have released some new resources regarding difficult conversations, including sex and relationships, which can be found here:

Internet Matters

Internet Matters have collated groups of social media platforms suitable for under 13's:

National Online Safety Back to School Online Safety Tips

Back to School Online Safety Tips

CEOP and Parent Zone Online Mental Health Support in Lockdown:

Parent Zone: How Creativity Can Support Children's Mental Health:

Data and Privacy Online: A Toolkit for Young People:

Online Safety: Legendary Learners

Parents, start your online safety journey here! These resources are full of fun, easy activities about sharing carefully, spotting scams, making mega strong passwords, being kind online, looking after your digital wellbeing and more. These packs are an ideal way to talk to your child about tech – and encourage them to become safer anD more confident online.

Gingerbread: Support for Single-Parent Families

A host of information to support the health and wellbeing of Single-Parent families. Everything from Coronavirus to keeping fit and benefit calculators, this site also has a dedicated helpline to give advice and information.

Shout 85258

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. For more information on what they do, visit their website:

Parentzone update

ParentZone have gathered together their most useful resources for lockdown into one hub. These include everything from: online learning resources and ideas for keeping children occupied, to working from home with children and where to get support.

National Online Safety (NOS)

National Online Safety App Launch Poster

Parental Control Guidance

360 degree safe

General Data Protection Regulation

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May 2018.Staff and governors have already undertaking training and have further training led by Tim Pinto and webinars booked to ensure that we are fully compliant and ready. We also used the video from@educationgovuk to raise awareness. It gives a brief overview of how we can review and improve handling of personal data. Take a look!

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NSPCC how to set parental controls;

Choosing the right console game for your child

Online SAfety Curriculum Awareness Raising Event

A curriculum event for parents was held to raise awareness of the importance of being safe online.

Take a look at the power point below

Online Safety Power Point

Online Safety Policy V3

Privacy Notice

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Privacy Notice

Wakefield Council is committed to maintaining high standards in relation to Information

Governance and data protection. Wakefield Council will maintain confidence with service users

and will only use personal information for the purpose(s) listed in section 2 below. We will

keep your information secure at all times.

Follow the link below to find out more;


Internet Filtering

At Sandal Castle Primary we use RM Safetynet to keep everyone safe online. We use a feature called User Based Filtering which gives us

greater flexibility over our internet filtering by allowing us to ensure that everyone is receiving the appropriate level of internet filtering.

Not only can websites be blocked for certain age groups but also at specific times.

RM Safetynet is a cloud based filtering solution and therefore does not rely on any expensive on site equipment.

SSL interception allows search terms made on secure websites such as GOOGLE to be intercepted and logged, therefore preventing inappropriate search results form being displayed.

Active adapt content filter instantly scans the content on every page of the website. Risk calculations are made based on this content and a permit or deny decision is made.

Logs can be viewed in Safetynet showing the amount of bandwidth currently being used. These logs also allow us to monitor which websites are visited by everyone in school.

Internet Matters

A not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to help keep children safe in the digital world. We are backed by the UK’s most prominent internet industry players and offer practical tips and expert e-safety advice for parents and schools.

For more information visit


An award winning, government endorsed safeguarding platform and app used in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and universities around the world – allowing students to safely report incidents directly to their place of learning. tootoot is used by over 200,000 students in the UK and internationally.

For more information visit

Online Safety: Our Children Need You!

Children are using technology and exploring the online world from a younger age. Thinkuknow are developing a new resource to help build young children's resilience online and give them the skills to explore all the digital world has to offer safely.

Thinkuknow need a comprehensive picture of the online behaviour of 4-7 year olds and hope you can help us by completing the Parents/Carers survey.

Complete the Survey here;

Have a look at this link to become familiar with some risky APPs to be aware of: Updated Feb 2017 - Are you aware of these Social media Applications that are risky to our children?

Guidance for Parents supporting their children in using Social Media

Supporting young children online

We all know how much our children enjoy online gaming. Please visit these websites for more information to support your child to game safely.

DITTO E-Safety Magazine

This month's issue is looking at a diverse range of topics such as:

  • addiction
  • social media
  • parental engagement
  • and much more, including an exclusive interview from a female gamer who gives us some insights into her online experiences in the gaming world.

To download the magazine, please click HERE or copy and paste the following into your browser:

This is the link to further issues of the new half termly e -safety magazine.

E-Safety Support Widget