Online Safety (UPDATED)

At The Ferns Primary Academy we take Online Safety very seriously and believe the safety and welfare of the children is vitally important. Our aim is to recognise e-Safety issues and establish good e-Safety practice in classrooms and provide education for safe use of the Internet, mobile phones and other electronic communications technologies, both in and out of school.

Here is a list of recent letters sent home to inform parents / carers.

*UPDATE* We are currently looking for eCadets to promote self learning throughout the school. Ready to launch after the Easter holidays.

If you have any issues / questions regarding your child's safety online. Please don't hesitate to contact Mr Broadbent by phone, email or in person at the end of the school day.



The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children's. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.

You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe. (www.thinkuknow.co.uk)


The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends,be creative and have fun. However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong.


If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there. (http://www.ceop.police.uk)


In this area you will find links to websites and resources we use in school, to teach the message of how to stay safe online and how to cope when things do not quiet feel right. (Butterfly Feelings)


Golden Rules


What does OFSTED say

  • Schools to work closely with all families to help them ensure that their children use new technologies safely and responsibly both at home and at school.
  • Schools to provide an age-related, comprehensive curriculum for e-safety that enables pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies.
  • Schools to systematically review and develop their e-safety procedures, including training, to ensure that they have a positive impact on pupils knowledge and understanding.


What we do...

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Why use an Avatar?

One of the benefits of working and communicating online is the ability to share information with others, but children (and adults) need to be careful about what they share and with whom. Some sites that they use, even child-friendly sites like Edmodo, will give children the chance to add a photo or picture of themselves to make their profile more personal. Now we don't really want children uploading photos of themselves with their name displayed as well so it is useful to find an alternative solution and that is where the avatar creation tools come in.

An avatar is a graphical representation of the user and this can take many forms.

Below are some example sites children can use to create an avatar.


WeeMee Avatar Creator (iOS)


WeeMee Avatar Creator (Android)