While everyone is staying at home you will be using the internet even more than usual.
It is important to follow a few simple rules to stay safe:
  1. Tell an adult if you see or read something you don't like
  2. Don’t give anyone your password, name, address, the name of your school or any information about your family
  3. Don’t talk to strangers on the Internet
  4. Don’t agree to meet anyone in person that you’ve met online
  5. Don’t fill in a profile that asks for your name and address
  6. Don’t visit a chat room without an adult’s / parent’s permission
  7. Don’t post pictures of yourself without your parents’ permission
  8. Do not download or install anything on your computer without your parents’ permission

West Sussex Advice for Parents:

The following websites may be helpful for guiding parents to safe practices;


Safe Use of Technology at Home


During home learning, it is important to help parents and pupils to strike a balance between academic work and wellbeing development.  There are some basic health and safety principles that should be encouraged so pupils stay fit and well.  When using IT equipment, pupils should try to avoid awkward static postures by changing position regularly and getting up/moving and stretching between tasks. 


Children should take regular rest breaks with at least 5-10 minutes of non screen time every hour. This will help to protect their eyes and also wil help with their attention span. 


Pupils should engage in home learning using a suitable position in the home such as a kitchen table or desk; sat in a comfortable and a supportive chair.  It is not safe or healthy for pupils to be using laptops on their laps or mobile devices whilst sat on a sofa or in bed.  Charging cables must be kept secure and used safely to avoid fire hazards or risk of electrocution. 


Where PCs are being used, they should be set up and adjusted to ensure sreens are at eye level and keyboards and mice are accessible so as to avoid eye and neck strain.  Pupils using mobile devices, including laptops tablets and mobile smartphones should be supported to take regular breaks (every 20 minutes) and to use stands where possible to help tilt the screen.


Good hygiene should also be encouraged including wiping mobile devices with suitable cleaning products on a regular basis.


The following websites may be helpful for guiding parents to safe practices;



Reporting Concerns:

If parents or children are concerned about something they have seen online or have experienced any negative issues, they can report via the Internet Watch Foundation and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Links for more information about this an be found below:

Social Media: If children stumble across worrying or criminal content online, it should be reported to the Child Exploitation & Online Protection centre via the this link:


Child sexual abuse images: If criminal content is discovered online, it should be reported to the Internet Watch Foundation at Criminal content in the UK includes child sexual abuse images, criminally obscene adult content as well as non-photographic child sexual abuse images. 

Online terrorism: Terrorism related content should be reported to the police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit at


Hate speech: Online content which incites hatred on the grounds of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender should be reported to True Vision at

For more general information about ways to stay safe online, visit our web-pages