Category Archives: E-Safety

Advice for parents on how to help you and your children stay safe online.

Safer Internet Day 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.


Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.


The Safer Internet Day website has excellent resources for Parents and Carers and also specific resources to support adoptive parents and foster carers.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!


There are ways in which we can all contribute:

  • Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online. They can help to respond to the negative by being ‘helpful bystanders’: supporting peers if they encounter issues online, taking a stand against cyberbullying, and reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find. Above all, children and young people should be encouraged to take their stand as digital citizens of the future – participating in debates on the future of the internet, and making their voices heard.
  • Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online, and helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources. They can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and by also reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
  • Educators and social care workers can help to create a better internet by equipping children and young people with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world, and giving them opportunities to use – and create – positive content online. They can help to respond to the negative by supporting young people if they encounter problems online, and by giving them the resilience, confidence and skills that young people need to navigate the internet safely.
  • Industry has a role to play by creating and promoting positive content and safe services online and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong.
  • Decision makers and politicians need to provide the culture in which all of the above can function and thrive – for example, by ensuring that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn and teachers to teach about online safety, ensuring that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources of support, and that industry are encouraged to self regulate their content and services. They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.

We hope that you will join with us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, on Tuesday 9 February 2016 – and beyond – to play your part in helping to create a better internet!

Find out more about what is happening in the UK on Safer Internet Day at

Find out more about what is happening globally on Safer Internet Day at

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Check your passwords for webcams!

There was a report on the news this morning that a Russian website is broadcasting footage from private webcams in the UK – including from children’s bedrooms.  It has hacked into these as some users have not changed the logon details when they start using the webcam.

We’re not aware that anyone at Y Pant has been affected by this but suggest that parents and pupils would be wise to check they are following the correct procedures on their webcams.  This mainly involves creating secure passwords.  The Information Commissioner’s website has some very useful tips on this.

E-safety newsletters for parents and carers

Students learn about all aspects of e-safety during their ICT, PSHE and Welsh Baccalaureate lessons at school.  However it is important that parents and carers know how to protect their children online as well.

We subscribe to these newsletters which parents and carers may find useful.  The back issues are available to download here and we will upload more as we get them.

Parents Online Safety Newsletter – Edition 1

Parents Online Safety Newsletter – Edition 2

Parents Online Safety Newsletter – Edition 3

Parents Online Safety Newsletter Edition 4



Staying Private Online – MSN & Facebook

Facebook & MSN can be fantastic online tools for staying in touch with friends.  However they can also make it very easy for other people to get hold of important information about you.  Below are some instructions to help you check your Privacy on Facebook and MSN.  Before we get to that though – here are some important things to remember:

  1. People are not “friends” on Facebook or MSN unless they are also “friends” in real life.  Don’t share anything about yourself unless you really, truly, hand-on-heart know who you are talking to – and you trust them.
  2. Make sure your password is hard to guess and has a mix of letters and numbers in it.  If someone guesses your password they can hack into your accounts.
  3. Turn off your webcam and microphone when you’ve finished a conversation – otherwise your contacts can record you talking, videos and pictures of you.
  4. If anything online makes you uncomfortable – report it.  You can download easy CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) buttons for most browsers here.


If you use MSN you should check your privacy settings.  Here’s how:



sign in



This takes you on to the internet and logs you onto Windows Live online.

privacy options

advanced privacy


This video shows how to check and change Privacy settings on Facebook.  This is important as many applications (such as MSN and on various mobile phones) allow you to import all your contacts and settings from Facebook.


Internet Safety

Internet Safety is an important topic.  This page is intended to help parents find out more.  The presentation below from CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) is a good introduction for parents on the issues and how you can help keep your children safe online.

CEOP Presentation
Watch the CEOP presentation for Parents and find out how you can help your children

CEOP have created tools that can be downloaded for major internet browsers so you can report any problems or concerns immediately.

Google Chrome
Internet Explorer

We will be adding more to this page soon – please leave a comment if there is anything you would like to know.