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Ocker Hill Infant School

Gospel Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 0DS


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E - safety

Support for parents and carers to keep children safe online (COVID-19)

While there are huge benefits to being online to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to get support and advice. Click here to access the government document.

I hope you’re safe and well!

I wanted to share something that could be very timely for your readers.

'Screen addiction' is becoming a real problem, even more so during COVID-19 lockdowns, which is why it's more important than ever for children and adults alike to learn and develop healthier digital habits. 

So I wanted to share this useful resource called “Understanding Screen Addiction and Responsible Digital Use” which offers lots of valuable information such as:

  • How technology use has changed over the years (72% of adults now consider smartphones their most essential device)
  • The impact of COVID-19 on screen time use and digital behaviours (smartphone usage in the UK surged by 30% during lockdown)
  • Understanding screen addictions and how our devices affect our brains and change our behaviours (e.g. dopamine-driven reward loops)
  • Helpful tips and useful advice for tackling device addiction, managing gadget and internet use, and creating healthier digital habits.

You can check out the full guide here - 

At Priory Group, we have teamed up with our child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg to produce an illustrative guide to help parents, teachers and pupils understand the risks involved in certain smartphone apps.


The guide also outlines the warning signs to look out for if you’re worried that a child isn’t safe online as well as expert advice from Dr van Zwanenberg on how to keep children safe online.


Given that many young people are spending more time online at the minute, I thought I’d share this guide with you:


 Information Regarding Momo Challenge.pdf

E - safety is very important with the 'new' and increased technology of today.

At Ocker Hill Infant we like to keep our parents informed with new procedures and happenings in this technical world. Therefore we will bne sending out E - safety newsletters and information regularly. Also along with the school council we will be running E - safety workshops to help parents keep up to date and to offer any assistance that parents need in regards to safety online.


Help can also be found on this useful site online that Vodaphone offer to help parents keep children safe no matter what their age or the technology they are using. Helpful tips can be found at:

Here is a guide highlights what are the risks of kids being online, and how do you keep your children safe online to name a few. This guide could potentially be very useful to your readers and would be a good additional source if you are considering making an update to help spread awareness and keep our family from online threats. This guide helps you with protection that you may want/need on your computer. Have a read and get some ideas to keep yourselves safe online.

Here’s the link -


ESafety Links - Early Years and KS1



CbeebiesLittle animals activity centre


PB Bear (LGfL) 

Magic School (LGfL) 

Busythings - LGfL (Login required when not connected to the LGfL) 

I-board early years activities - LGFL (Login required when not connected to the LGfL) 

Link to Literacy Framework: Listen to web based media e.g. use on-line audio library – LGfL Audio network 

BBC podcasts e.g. Bob the builder 

2Simulate – ‘Getting locked-in’ scenario activity. common sense – going places safely activity1 

Postman Pat card writing activity 

Year 1 

When investigating for history topic i.e. old toys compare 2 sites as a class using BBC site or American toy seller site and identify which gives us most useful information. 

Museum of Childhood 

RBKC lesson – safe surfing with Dongle (links to several lesson plans). 

Dongle activity introduces pupils to the SMART rules and personal AUP (acceptable use policy) KS1 Pupil agreement on the LGfL. Use the hand poster to reinforce key safety message. 

Use Dongle ‘BE SMART’SONG for Safer Internet Day assembly. 

MeOnline  (requires USO login) 

Twins party activity to select appropriate images. Lesson plan for twins activity 

Smartie the penguin story and resources from Kidsmart 

Common sense – abc searching activity 1 k-2 

Common sense - staying safe online activity 2 

RBKC lesson ‘email granny’ – how to write e mail suitable for granny – Bad example 

CEOP Thinkuknow resources: based on Hector’s World resources 

London MLE – Visual mail tool (requires USO login) 

Museum of Childhood (sending messages to the museum about toys and childhood) 

MeOnline – chatterbox activity to select inappropriate communications – Lesson plan for chatterbox 

Smartie the penguin story and resources from Kidsmart 

Common sense – sending e mail activity 1 

RBKC lesson - Digiduck’s dilemma – 

Year 2 

Children explore a given webpage or section on MLE to find information about a class topic, eg an Island home - interactive map Isle of Coll 

Children use the Barnaby Bear website to find out about his visits and how he travels, Where in the World is Barnaby Bear 

Children plan a trip using the i-board Barnaby Bear activities  (requires LGFL USO login) located in Geography, Year 2 Unit 5 – ‘where in the world is Barnaby Bear’ 

Flat Stanley Join in the project of Flat Stanley, sharing photographs, videos and podcasts of Flat Stanley around the world.

Teachers introduce spoof websites e.g. RBKC Red Tomato spider k-2 Common sense – sites I like activity 1 

Safe email system e.g. LMLE Visual mail, 2email, LGfL (Pupil) Londonmail, 

Where in the World is Barnaby Bear Yr2 Geography e mail Barnaby via the site 

Flat Stanley Join in the project of Flat Stanley, sharing photographs, videos and podcasts of Flat Stanley around the world. 

CEOP Thinkuknow resources - Hector’s World Lessons 1-5 

MeOnline  (requires LGFL USO login) – Jungle club activity to select appropriate name. 

sand pictures and understand safe communication online – lesson plan for Jungle club 

MLE, e.g. use discussion forum set up by school for a purpose such as School Council. 

Use Dongle ‘BE SMART’SONG for Safer Internet Day assembly. 

Net Smartz. E mail the cartoon characters  Activities to reinforce the SMART rules (AUP behaviours) so pupils see them in terms of personal and independent use such as KS1 Pupil agreement on the LGfL. Use the hand posterto reinforce key safety message 

Pupils decide who is telling the truth using the Cybersmart ‘Pic your friends’ activity 

Common sense – sending e mail activity 1 http://www.commonsensemedia. 

MeOnline  (requires LGFL USO login) – cooking up passwords activity to understand what makes a strong password – lesson plan for cooking up passwords 

LGfL JIT  (requires LGFL USO login) – ( 

CEOP Thinkuknow resources: based on Hector’s World resources: (requires LGFL USO login) Class pages or project areas on the school’s MLE. 

Children take part in the survey in MeOnline (requires LGFL USO login) 

LGFL Artisancam ‘Picture book maker’


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