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E - Safety

Do you know how to stay safe on the Internet? Is your profile private? Do you know what an Internet troll is?

The Internet is a great place and one that we could not live without these days. 

But we must remember that everything may not be as it seems. People who use the Internet may not be who they say they are and information you find on the Internet may not be true.

 

Children

A lot of people enjoy accessing the Internet, but it is worth remembering to keep safe while in cyberspace. You might know a lot about the Internet but it is worth bearing a few things in mind.

Many of us now enjoy access to the web via a computer at home, work, school or even on your mobile phone. It’s important to think about what kind of information you give out, and keep to yourself in what you say and do.

  • Never give out any personal information such as your home address, phone number, or school to anyone you talk to online, even if you are offered free samples, gifts or information.
  • If you have your own website or pages on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace or Bebo, remember that these are public sites and anyone can see them. So...
  • Always think carefully about what you put on your site, especially photos. Instead of putting up a picture of yourself you could draw an image, or upload something a bit abstract to protect your identity.
  • Remember that people who contact you may not be who they say they are. Anyone can say that they share your interests and are the same age… but not everyone is, as they seem.
  • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting on your own with anyone you have met on the Internet. If they want to meet you, tell your parents/guardians and friends. If you still decide to go ahead and meet up, choose a busy public place and take someone with you.
  • Do not respond to threatening or obscene messages. No matter how irritating or rude they are - tell your parents/guardians, block the individual and report them to the site and/or CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection).
  • Be careful if you receive an email message from someone you don’t know. It could contain a virus at the very least, which can mess up your computer.
 

Social Networks

Please remember that parents should not take photographs of other people’s children on trips or at school and use them on any social networking site including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.   

Also, remember that no primary aged child should have a Facebook account or be communicating with people online unless parents have access to all their communications. 

Children under 13 should not have a Facebook account. Any child who has an account under this age who has changed their date of birth to set it up can be reported by the school. Befriending people on Facebook is not a safe thing for young children to do, you would not want your child befriending adults in the ‘real world’ and you should apply the same logic to the digital world. If your child has a Facebook account we strongly recommend that you close it down immediately and wait until they are an appropriate age. This should apply to all social media and texting etc. Keep your child safe. You do not let them go out into the ‘real world’ without you so do not let them navigate the digital world on their own either.  

ICT Contracts

All children should sign the following contracts. These are completed at the start of every academic year.

Please click on the icons below to find out more about E-Safety and how to use the Internet, and other communications safely.

 The Online Safety Quiz is your chance to show that you know how to be a safe Internet surfer.

 Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online. There’s a section for kids under 11 years old and a separate section for those over 11 years old.

 Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.

 

 Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

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