Online Safety

We have been recognised for our progress with Online Safety. See our certificate here.

The following messages are strongly advised:

  • be aware of what your child is watching;

  • use devices where you are nearby and able to oversee use;

  • be aware of what apps children are using and the age limits which apply;

  • have conversations about the kinds of content they watch;

  • consider using YouTube Kids as opposed to full YouTube (parental controls within it still apply);

  • encourage young people to talk to a trusted adult about anything which worries them online;

This video from Internet Matters is useful for parents.


Any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact school or report concerns to CEOP

Computing in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.


Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of computing within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:

  • Websites 

  • Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments

  • E-mail and Instant Messaging

  • Chat Rooms and Social Networking

  • Blogs and Wikis

  • Podcasting

  • Video Broadcasting

  • Music Downloading

  • Gaming

  • Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality

  • Other mobile devices with web functionality


Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much computing, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.


At Dovecotes we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on online safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.


Read the full online safety policy here.


Useful Links


Below are some website links that you may find useful for information and guidance to help you keep your children safe when they are using the internet. (Please be aware that we have no control of the content that you may find on external websites.)

Parent and Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement


The documents below have been distributed to all pupils but can be downloaded and returned to school should they have been misplaced.

The free NSPCC and O2 online safety helpline on 0808 8005002 can help parents keep their child safe online, including giving advice about parental controls, social media networks and reporting inappropriate content.