If you have any questions or queries, please speak to Miss O’Hagan (DHT) who is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Mr Hill, our Online Safety Lead.

In today’s digital world, the issue of online safety is an integral part of children’s education and is embedded in their learning at school. At Westgate Hill Primary Academy we want the children to learn how to stay safe online and we are also keen to support parents/carers to improve their own understanding of online safety issues. In this way, you can support your child to learn and navigate their way through the digital age.

Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Westgate Hill Primary Academy. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any Online-Safety incidents are recorded and managed as laid out in our Online Safety Policy. Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
It is essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Our Online Safety Policy is available in the Key Information section under Policies. Please ask at the main office or via this link on our website for any other policies you wish to see. Also contact us if you wish to have these in alternative formats or languages.

Need help or advice?

The Department for Education has produced Advice for Parents on Cyberbullying. Please click here for more information. (September 2017)

You can report online abuse or concerns clicking on the red button link below to CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command).

The NCA’s CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

If it is a school matter, or you would like help or advice from one of us, please do talk to a member of staff. 

Please speak to Miss O’Hagan (DHT) who is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and/or Mr Hill, our Online Safety Lead.

Search engines

Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:

Image searching


Research searching

Kids Yahoo


Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet and can be accessed by downloading the guide here.


Parent Guides 

Below are some excellent links to websites for parents and carers to explore. 

www.saferinternet.org.uk – UK Safer Internet Centre has practical guides regarding parental controls and reporting concerns

www.childnet.com – useful discussion starters and top tips for parents

www.thinkuknow.co.uk – support regarding online abuse and exploitation

www.getsafeonline.org – advice regarding online security

www.internetmatters.org – advice regarding parental controls

www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety – advice from the NSPCC about a range of online safety issues including cyberbullying, sexting and social networking (the Share Aware campaign is excellent for primary schools)

www.net-aware.org.uk – NSPCC in partnership with parents and children has reviewed 60+ of the most popular apps and websites and is a great tool for parents

www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html – Digital Parenting magazine is a free resource for schools and parents.

www.childline.org.uk – for children to access support.

http://parentinfo.org – useful articles on online safety for parents


Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazines

For more information and a wide range of useful advice, please visit Vodafone’s Digital Parenting website here.