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Safer Internet Day 2022

This year the day is Tuesday 8th February. The theme is keeping safe and happy when playing online games.


At Newlands Primary School we will be using the day to focus on learning how to keep safe online.


If you want a sneak preview, you can visit the Safer Internet Day Website at; 




A few potentially dangerous or unhelpful apps to be aware of.

Blue Whale – This an online game that can be downloaded as an app. The game encourages young people to perform a series of tasks that increase in severity over a 50 day period with the game culminating in the young person being encouraged to take their own life. The app has been linked to a number of teenage deaths in Russia and there are fears that there is an awareness of it growing in this country.



Pickle – This is mobile app that allows users to find and post any job or task they need doing and lets potential ‘fixers’ accept these jobs, negotiate a price, and receive payment through the app. It is understood that the platform is being used by people to offer money for others to perform dares that can often be dangerous in nature, film them and send to the anonymous poster.



Yellow – This app has been described as Tinder for teenagers. It has become incredibly popular amongst younger people and has been criticised for its lack of age verification processes making anyone using it vulnerable to grooming from adults.



Sayat.Me – This site allows young people to post anonymous feedback on their friends and family in order, it claims, to understand how others perceive you. However, the potential exploitation of vulnerable young people is clear.

At Newlands Primary School we take all aspects of pupil's safety as priority. Whilst the Internet is a fantastic resource for learning, entertainment and communication, it does have the potential to pose a risk. At school we teach the children about how to keep safe online, we participate in the Safer Internet Day initiative and we have worked with other schools in the Redbridge and Lordshill Federation to produce and promote the Lock it, Block it, Show it, Tell it initiative.



Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.

Four steps:

  1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
  2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
  3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
  4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology

Being Respectful Online

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:


CEOP ( Information and reporting of online grooming or sexual abuse


Thinkyouknow advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online


Childnet ( Advice for parents and carers


LGfL support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online


Internet Matters Help on using parental controls and privacy settings from


Parent info support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online


Common Sense Media (commonsense.orgReviews and information about games, apps, TV shows and websites.


Net-aware support for parents and carers from the NSPCC


UK Safer Internet Centre Tips, advice and guides for parents and carers

Keeping Safe Online - Posters