Staying safe online


Primary, secondary schools and colleges will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.

All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Early Years settings remain open.

See the coronavirus help and support page.

Apply for your child’s primary school place: If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, then they are due to start primary school in September 2021. Don’t miss the deadline on 15 January 2021. If you miss the deadline you are much less likely to get the school you want.

For children and young people

Childnet and have advice on staying safe online.

For parents and carers

E-safety skills are skills for life. Make sure your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online. This will help them stay safe and get the most from the Internet.

  • Think U Know keeps you up to date with new technologies. It has tips on how to talk to children about online safety and setting parental controls on gadgets that link to the Internet.
  • Childnet has advice including parental controls, gaming, apps, sexting, cyberbullying and online grooming.
  • Parents Protect! Is about keeping children safe from online sexual exploitation and grooming with advice on how to deal with sexting.
  • Get safe online has checklists to keep your kids safe online for each age group.
  • Who is hosting this? Internet security: a guide to staying safe online.

For staff in East Sussex schools

Our Schools ICT Team makes e-safety visits to schools as part of their service offer. The e-safety visit involves the whole school community, including pupils, parents and teachers.

Some children may be more vulnerable online such as those with:

  • special educational need (SEN)
  • learning difficulties
  • other complex needs
  • English as an additional language, and
  • children looked after by the local authority

E-safety resources for teaching children with SEN

Childnet’s special educational needs STAR toolkit is for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders at Key Stage 3 and 4.