St. Thomas More

Catholic Voluntary Academy

Newstead Road, Leicester Leicestershire LE2 3TA

0116 2706365 | @STMleicester


Tuesday 9th February 2021 is Safer Internet Day! This day is celebrated across the world in over 170 countries, with thousands of children joining in across the UK alone.  

It’s a day when we celebrate all the great things about being online and remind ourselves how we can stay safe.  This year's theme asks us if we should believe everything we see and read on the internet...  

Can we believe everything we see and hear on the internet?  What can we trust?  How do we know what to believe?  How can we recognise things that could cause us harm or get us into trouble?  Watch the video below for some ideas to help us all...



Virtual Assembly

There are lots of different ways that you can use the internet. This is also called going online. They both mean the same thing.  

Sit down with a grown up that you trust and enjoy the virtual assembly together!

Can you give me a thumbs up if you, or someone in your house, has ever...

  • played on an iPad/tablet?
  • used a computer or a laptop?
  • watched a TV show or video on Netflix, Amazon prime, BBC iPlayer etc.?
  • asked a smart speaker to do something (e.g. Alexa, Google Home)?
  • played with other people in an online game?
  • used a mobile phone to chat, video call, play a game, watch a video, or find something out?
  • used a smart watch to count how many steps you’ve done or something similar?

This year for Safer Internet Day, we are looking at information online, and whether we can trust everything that we read or see on the internet. Can you give me a thumbs up if you think that everything you see online is true, or a thumbs down if
you think that there might be some things online that aren’t true?

It's good to see lots of thumbs down out there. Although there
is lots of great information online that is useful and trustworthy, it’s important to remember that there is also information online that is not so trustworthy and may even be there to try and confuse us.

Let's listen to a story about a duck called Digiduck who loves to go
online. It’s called ‘Detective Digiduck’ and it’s all about using the internet to find things out.  Click here to listen to the story.

At the end of the story, discuss these questions with the grown up who is with you.

What are your top tips for searching online?

How do you stay safe when searching for something online? Discuss your ideas with someone who's with you. 

If you didn't listen to the story in the virtual assembly, read the story ‘Detective Digiduck’ here

Discuss what Wise Owl tells Digiduck to do when he is feeling unsure about something online. 

Create a ‘Top Tips for Searching Online’ poster using Wise Owl’s  advice from the story.  Put it in your wall as a reminder and email a copy to your class teacher.

Check your ideas with Wise Owl's top tips here.

Remember: don't believe everything you see or read on the internet. Ask a trusted adult if you're unsure.

Can I trust it?

Going online can be really great as there is so much to do and lots of information to discover!  What we need to remember is that some things online are true and we can trust, but some things online are not reliable and we might not be able to trust what is being shown or said.

Look at these images below.  Can we trust each of them?  Why?

Remember: if you are ever unsure about anything online, always ask an adult you trust for help.

Safer Internet Picnic

Get trusted adults involved in your Safer Internet Day celebrations by having a Safer Internet Picnic at home!  

You could share the story of ‘Detective Digiduck’ through role play - get everyone to play a part!  Then, during the picnic, you could tell everyone all about what you have learnt from the story, as well as anything else you've leant during Safer Internet Day 2021!

Take pictures of your picnic or role play and email them to your class teacher.

Remember: always be honest with trusted adults about what you are seeing and doing online - they are there to help you and keep you safe.



Virtual Assembly

We'll kick off by watching the virtual assembly video.  Have someone your own age or older with you when you watch it so that you can talk about the questions that are asked. If a trusted adult is around, invite them to watch it with you too. 

When you're ready to start, click here.  

Remember: think of yourself as an internet detective, and always actively try to find out more. It’s really important to question things online. Ask yourself: What is it trying to get me
to do? What are the risks?  

You could check with an adult or look on another website or app or in a book if you're unsure about something online - check three different sources if you can. 

Being an internet detective will help you to become more aware and make sensible decisions about whether something is trustworthy online, but remember, just like in the game we played in the video, we also need to think about how what we see online makes us feel.

Internet Detective Bingo!

During this week, become a detective to see how many of these activities you can complete.  As you experience or carry out an activity on your Bingo card (below), cross it off or colour it in!

Online choices - how would you feel?

Think about each of these scenarios and discuss them with someone who is with you.  What is your reaction from the five choices below?  How would you question what to trust online and who would you seek help from? 

Your reaction choices:

Remember: it's important to speak to a trusted adult if something ever worries or upsets you online.

Jargon Buster

Have you seen any of the words listed on the left (see below)?  If so, where did you see or hear them?  Do you know what they mean?  Match up the words on the left with their correct definition (meaning) on the right. 

Check your answers here.

Remember: if you see a word online that you don't understand, ask a trusted adult.



This quiz is designed for 8-13 year olds, but why not have a go as a class or as a family?

Click here to start the quiz.  Think about each question carefully and discuss your answers with those who are with you before making a final decision!  Good luck!



Make your own Safer Internet Day poster, email it to your teacher and we'll post them here for everyone to see!  Need some help?  Watch this video...

Thank you to Ola and Tom for their posters...



We can also learn from experts at Full Fact , who look at information online and check if it is accurate.  These people work out who is sharing information online and why...

The BBC's Reality Check team spend all of their time investigating what is fact and what is fiction.  They have excellent words of advice to help keep us safe too...


For more information about Safer Internet Day, go to the website by clicking here.




Saint Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support them in school. The aim of this policy is to safeguard and promote our pupils’ safe use of internet and electronic communication technology such as mobile phones and wireless connectivity. The internet and other technologies have an important role in the learning and teaching processes however, we feel it is important to balance those benefits with an awareness of the potential risks. This policy will highlight the need to educate children and young people about the benefits and risks of using new technologies both in and away from school. It will also provide safeguards and rules to guide staff, pupils and visitors in their online experiences. The school e-safeguarding policy will operate in conjunction with others including: policies for Good Behaviour, Anti-Bullying, Single Equality and Internet Access Agreement with parents/carers. The school acknowledges e-safety and e-security as important issues for our school community and has made a considered attempt to embed e-safeguarding into our teaching and learning using technology and have considered the wider implications of e-safeguarding beyond classroom practice such as security and data.  


E-Safeguarding Policy


In line with the recommendation from the DfE, specific support for parents/carers to keep their children safe online includes:

  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services

The Government has also provided:

Parenting in an online digital world

Every child at St. Thomas More CVA has their own login to Purple Mash, the online resource from 2Simple that supports our delivery of Computing and some other areas of the curriculum.  The online world can often be a very challenging place for parents as our children often seem to know far more than we do!  Use the link from the above heading to access an excellent guide for parents to help with their own knowledge when supporting their children to access the online world safely.

Login to Purple Mash with your child and search 'Online Safety' to try fun activities at home.  If your child does not know their Purple Mash login details, please ask their class teacher.

Internet Safety Plan

Please use the link above to access an Internet Safety Plan that can be used by your family at home.

Social Media - minimum ages and tools to keep children safe

Minimum ages are in place for all social media sites to protect young people from online harm.  Nearly all social media services require users to be at least 13 years of age to access and use their services.  Parents should be aware that it is very easy for their children to download apps that their peers are using and then start chatting and sharing content with their friends online.  They can also accept friend requests from people that they don't know - such people may not be who they claim to be.

Advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre: 

Our advice with regards to age restrictions is that it’s always better to wait until the required age to join any social media service. These rules around age relate to privacy, but also are relevant to safety. Some services offer additional protection for users who are registered as under 18, and by supplying a fake age young people can potentially lose some of this protection. Young people also risk being exposed to content which is intended for older users when they use sites that are not designed for people their age.

Additionally, if a service finds out a user is underage then they may delete the user’s account and any content which has been shared.

We know that social media services are popular with young people of all ages. Parents have an important role in helping prepare their children to go online before they start to use social media platforms. Together you can look at the key things they need to know about staying safe online, critical thinking, and the safety settings that are available to them.

When looking at creating a profile online with your child, have a discussion as a family and make this decision together – talk about why they want the account and ensure that any family members using social media know what tools are available to help them stay safe [including WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube].

Factsheet for parents and carers

The factsheet linked above provides details of useful websites to help parents/carers keep young people safe online, including information about setting parental controls and safety tools on social networks and other online services.

Reviews of online games for parents and carers

Follow the link above to the Common Sense Media website which has open and honest reviews from parents and children about online games.  It contains useful advice on the age suitability of online games; the reviews highlight important topics such as online chat risks and in-game purchases.

Feedback from children in school on Safer Internet Day suggest that a number of children are playing Roblox online,  Concerns have been raised about strangers having the ability to contact young people using online chats from within this game.


Reviews of books, movies, TV, apps and websites for parents/carers

Similar to Commons Sense Media's reviews of online games, reviews for other forms of media are linked above.  Follow the link, select the type of media you are interested in, click 'Go' and then search for the title you wish to research.


St. Thomas More survey of online behaviours of KS2 children - February 2019

For Safer Internet Day 2019, our Year 6 children created an online questionnaire and then invited responses from all of Key Stage 2.  All children completed the survey anonymously.  Although, the survey has not been re-run in 2020, the findings and messages remain just as valid today.

The full background to the survey, along with relevant advice from the Year 6 students, is included in the letter below; this was also sent home to all parents/carers.

The full results from the survey run by Year 6 can be viewed below.

Some key messages discussed with the children following the 2019 survey...