What is it?
Technology and the Internet has fast become a part of everyday life, both for adults and children, at home and in school. It is increasingly being used for more and more reasons; to communicate, to present information and work, and a whole host of different cross curricular linked reasons in lessons.
As well as the massive benefits that it brings, there are also dangers and things that you need to be aware of, both for students and parents.
Online Safety – Tips for Students
- Keep your personal information safe – Don’t give out personal information while chatting or posting online. You don’t know who might see it or what they might use it for! Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
- Meeting – Meeting someone you have met online can be dangerous. Only do this with a trusted adult present, and with parents’ or carers’ permission.
- Posting with care – Remember that once you post images and information online, it is free to be copied, shared and changed by anyone with access to do what they want with it, so be careful what post on profiles, websites, etc.
- Accept with care – Emails, IM messages or opening files, pictures or texts can contain viruses or nasty messages, so take care when accepting these from people or websites you don’t know or trust.
- Know who you can tell – If someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried online, or if you or someone you know is being cyber bullied, tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult.
Online Safety – Tips for Parents/Careers
- Personal details – Help your children understand that they should not give out personal details online, especially to people/friends they don’t know offline.
- What is personal information? – Explain what is ‘personal information’: i.e. email address, mobile number, address, school name, social arrangements, pictures of videos of themselves, friends or family. Even small pieces of information can be pieced together easily to gain an insight into their daily lives.
- Monitor profiles – Try to monitor and make children aware they need to be careful about information and pictures they post of their profiles. Once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
- Online predators – Help them to understand that not everyone is who they say they are online, and people sometimes lie. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Communicate – Make sure you keep communication open with children, so they know it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
Advice to Parents: (Click Here)
Further Information and useful links
There are lots of resources and websites available on the Internet where you can find more information, tips and knowledge about staying safe online. The following links are a great place to start, for both students and parents.
Digital Parenting Coding: (http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/parents_guide_new_computing_curriculum/5918)
Parent Info: (http://www.parentinfo.org)
Vodafone Digital Parenting: (http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents/get-started.html) A useful onscreen guide to parents, from the basics all the way through to advanced tips and advice.
CEOP: (http://www.ceop.police.uk) A comprehensive website that will help parents/carers understand many aspects of e-safety and give them useful advice about pertinent issues.
Parent Zone: (http://www.theparentzone.co.uk) This website provides information, help, advice, support and resources to parents.
Internet Matters: (http://internetmatters.org.uk) A useful onscreen guide to parents, from the basics all the way through to advanced tips and advice.
ThinkUKnow: (http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk) A website for students and parents/carers run by CEOP. Full of up to the minute advice, help and support.
KidSmart: (http://www.kidsmart.org.uk) Advice on all aspects of staying safe online for both children and adults, as well as games and fun activities.
Childline: (http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/onlinesafety) Helpful information on online safety, with some more good links and even a place for children to talk to someone to get personalised advice.