E-safety is a key part of a child's education in the 21st century. Safety Net recommend the following top ten key tips that we should all follow in order to stay safe online:
Safer Internet Week
In key stage 1, we focused on what is and is not appropriate to share online and we discussed what to do if you see something that you don't like or something that is unusual, on the internet. The children had some fantastic discussions in class and really impressed the teachers with their ideas of what is right and wrong when using the internet.
In Key Stage 2 we explored how our behaviour online, affects people in real life. In our assembly we looked at a number of case studies and discussed how they made us feel. For example, is it okay to share a picture of a friend pulling a silly face without asking them? This got us all thinking more carefully and ready for some classroom activities. We played games, watched films, made posters, debated and acted things out. All with the aim of exploring what happens when we go online and share things with friends and strangers. How does it make them feel? What are the consequences for ourselves? And how can we make a better decision before posting something online so it has the effect we want?
It was an extremely worthwhile week and the children really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time in school talking about an issue that is so relevant to their everyday lives.
1) Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2) Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3) Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
4) Never give out your passwords
5) Don’t befriend people you don’t know
6) Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
7) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
9) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Want to know more?
These sites provide content dedicated to keeping children safe online and supporting parents and carers to make informed choices:
UK Safer Internet Centre :- Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.
ThinkuKnow :- Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
Swiggle :- A child friendly search engine. Consider adding this to your bookmarks or even making it your homepage.
Common Sense Media :- Reviews for what your kids want to watch (before they watch it).