Online Safety


Hello, my name is Stuart McDonald and I am a Head of Year in the upper school at St Cyres. I am also responsible for engaging, organising and leading on the challenging topic of Online Safety.

As you are aware, we supply your children with Ipads and these have strict safeguards on them to filter troublesome sites and illegal material from reaching your child. Have a look and you will see that in order to access online, they have to sign in to their ‘Smoothwall’ account. Please feel secure in the knowledge that we can monitor and filter their adventures, even in the home.

We can’t however stop your child from browsing and engaging with these things on their phones, games consoles or personal devices. This is down to you!

I will be sharing some very useful articles and websites in the thread below to help you safeguard your child in what is an increasingly complex arena- the online world.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me on with any concerns or anxieties; or if you are more comfortable doing so, contact your appropriate DoPP and they will liaise with me so that we can help you.

We are a 1 to 1 school and we are confident and proud of the devices we have shared with you, but as houses become increasingly smart, it is essential to educate yourself in order to safeguard your child in the online world.

Cheers for now, Stu Mcdonald.



Please see below- attached is a very straightforward ‘beginners guide’ to parenting in the online age- created by the NSPCC.


Hi there, I hope your Christmas period was festive- below are some safeguarding details particular to the consoles you may have bought your children. Very useful!


If the worlds of Google and Youtube have passed you by, please feel free to check out this helpful info sheet created by SWGfl.


Smart homes welcome the online world in through many areas- attached is a SMART tv and streaming advice guide, created by SWGfl.


Vodafone have produced some excellent resources and here is a digital copy of the last 2 editions. We expect to have physical copies for you to pick up in the coming weeks.


If it’s raining and you’re sending your children off to Game, please use the attached as a guide to what they should be bringing back!

A parent and carers guide to age ratings of apps and games


Please see the latest, and quite straightforward rundown on ‘Fortnight’- the game half your household are currently addicted to online-


In the name of sharing, I have attached below some very useful tips on how to manage the ‘Big 4’ Social Media platforms. Going through these digital leaflets with your children, and by yourselves, will allow you to stay on top of your profiles and interactions. It’s also a very useful way of talking about Online Safety.

Facebook checklist

instagram checklist

Snapchat checklist

Twitter checklist


Whilst Summer is well and truly here, I imagine that some of your household are stubbornly holding on to their controllers. Attached is a useful leaflet on gaming safely.

Parent and Carer guide to online gaming


And if they are out and about, ensure they are uploading and sharing in an appropriate and safe manner. Check this out!

A parent and carers guide to sharing information and images online


Over the summer, when your child is online, they may unfortunately encounter nastiness or you may just want to remind them of the ‘online rules’- I have a website link below which can be used to engage your children as necessary. Though slightly Americanised, the advice and information the videos contain is of real value. Have a great summer with your children and stay safe!


Some useful advice on using your child’s images online, in case you wanted to get some post Christmas snaps on there!

A parent and carers guide to sharing information and images online


As we are well into the Options processes for your children in Yr 8, 9 and 11- feel free to show them this weblink, whether they are interested in the world of IT or not. Better safe than sorry.


Over the next 2 weeks, why not engage in some discussion on Online Wellbeing with your child over some Easter eggs

In the run up to the holidays, please check out this Factsheet on talking to your child about their relationships online. We often see a burst in blossoming online friendships over the 6 weeks and it may help to sit down and chat about this with your child, whether lolling by the pool in Spain or in a cafe in Cardiff.

A parent carers guide to relationships online

Remember to check out the CEOP symbol on the main website, just in case! If you are experiencing any concerns, pick up the phone or email me on or 02920352486.