The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Computer Safety

Safe and effective use of computers


The Spinney school policies and curriculum fully support your children in being safe and effective users of the world wide web. We also support parents by providing information on how best to educate your children at home to ensure they are getting the best out of the internet while keeping themselves safe.


Every November we hold a Positive Friendship week where we think about how to communicate appropriately and safely online, and the children review the school's Computing Acceptable Use rules. Every February we mark Safer Internet Day by discussing safe internet usage with children and parents.


Please refer to the Links panel on the right hand side of this page for further information on this.

The Department for Education released a document at the end of 2014 offering advice to parents and carers on cyberbullying. This can be accessed below. Further advice from the DfE can be found on their website.

Golden rules for keeping children safe include:

  • Always keep the family computer in a public place such as a communal room where you can easily see the screen
  • Set up filter systems on your computer that block unsuitable material
  • Invest in good antivirus/spyware/pop-up blocking software if your computer does not have it already
  • Stay involved and engaged with your children's online behaviours. Talk to your children about what they are doing on the internet and get them to show you what games or chat rooms they use
  • Ensure that you have read the terms and conditions for responsible use of the particular sites and that you adhere to the minimum age restrictions for all children(not just your own) who may gain access to it. This is particularly important with media such as social networking sites, computer games, YouTube, iPlayer, music videos and DVDs because of the associated risks
  • Help children to realise that things written on the social networking sites are published and can be seen by other users, and that therefore any posts must be polite and fair, and not lead to another person feeling demeaned, harassed or bullied
  • Reinforce the smart rules at home (available on the Know it all website). The most important being:
    safe - not giving out any personal information;
    tell - tell someone if you see something that you don't like or upsets you; and
    meet - don't meet up with someone you have met online
  • Show children how to use the internet and help them not to be afraid of it as it is a wonderful resource


Online gaming

Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them. This leaflet explores the online gaming environment and provides a wealth of safety advice: Online Gaming.

PEGI ratings

Computer and video games have a Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) rating printed on the front of the case. Parents should familiarise themselves with these and follow the age-related guidance. For example, even if younger children are just watching an older family member playing a game with a 12, 16 or 18 rating, they still are being exposed to unsuitable material. You can find out more about PEGI ratings below.

Further information

The following links provide further information about best practice at home that will support what your child is learning at school. We recommend that Spinney parents familiarise themselves with the content.