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Online Safety

Are you SMART on the internet?


At Beacon Primary School we follow the SMART rules when we use the internet to help to keep us safe!


Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your name, email, phone number, home address, or school name – to people who you don’t trust online.


Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present.


Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!


Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet may not be reliable.



Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. 

What to do when you see online abuse or inappropriate content

It may be that you, or your child, come across something upsetting or concerning online. It is important that you feel confident about what to do if you do see something inappropriate online, or if your child tells you they’ve seen something.

If you're worried about something a child or young person may have experienced online, you can contact the NSPCC Helpline for free support and advice. If your child needs more support, they can contact Childline.



How do I make a report?

The report button is a really useful tool, which you can find on lots of different games and apps. It is a way of telling someone that you’ve seen or heard something upsetting.

Look out for these symbols:


What can I report?

You can report different things and for different reasons. For example:

  • A player or user who has done something wrong.
  • A post which doesn’t follow the site rules or is upsetting.
  • A comment on a post – for example, if someone is being unkind or bullying.


What happens to my report?


All of the information in your report will be sent off to the safety team of the site or app you are using.

The content you’ve reported will be looked at to decide if it breaks the site rules.


What happens next?

If your report shows someone has broken the rules, the safety team can take action like:

  • Deleting upsetting posts or comments.
  • Giving users a warning about their behaviour.
  • Suspending users accounts for a short amount of time.
  • Removing users from the platform entirely.

If it doesn’t, this should be explained to you and you may be given some other advice on what to do next.


Helpful links to look at with your family:

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