Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education - but it can also cause harm - to you and others.
Remember help is always available at school if your are having any problems online.
Don't be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything else related to Internet Safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website.
Tips for staying safe online:
- make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
- know how to use the CEOP button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone's online behaviour towards you.
Teaching safe use of the Internet and ICT
It is crucial to teach pupils how to use the Internet safely, both at school and at home, and we use the Kidsmart safety code to support our teaching in this area. Kidsmart has been developed by the Childnet charity, and is endorsed by the DfE: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk
The main aspects of this approach include the following five SMART tips:
- Safe - Staying safe involves being careful and not giving out your name, address, mobile phone no., school name or password to people online...
- Meeting someone you meet in cyberspace can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents'/carers' permission and then when they are present...
- Accepting e-mails or opening files from people you don't really know or trust can get you into trouble - they may contain viruses or nasty messages...
- Remember someone online may be lying and not be who they say they are. If you feel uncomfortable when chatting or messaging end the conversation...
- Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried...
The following fact sheets provide really useful advice to parents/carers about current sites/games your child may be using and current issues your child may experience:
Some links to more information:
- Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Vodafone Parents - Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital Parenting' magazine.
- Internet Safety Zone - Look in the 'Under 13s' section for useful safety advice and information.
- Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK