Online safety for pupils
KEEPING SAFE ONLINE-BE SMART
Using the internet and social media can be a great way to stay in contact with friends and family. There are great resources online to help with hobbies and education and gaming is one of the most popular interests for young people. However, just like the real world, it’s important to stay safe both mentally and physically and ensure your communication online doesn’t cause harm to others or put you in an unsafe situation.
Follow these top tips for staying safe online and remember-it’s important to have a balance between screen time and time doing other things.
Stay safe online by not sharing personal information such as your address, phone number, passwords or your email address.
You should be careful when chatting to people online. Even if you have been chatting to someone for a long time, they are still strangers. People can lie about who they are online. Meeting someone you have been chatting to online can be dangerous and you must tell your parents or a trusted adult if someone online asks to meet you.
Be careful when receiving and opening files, messages, emails and images, especially if you don’t know who they are from. They could include harmful content or viruses
When sending texts, emails, images or messages think before you press send! Once you have pressed send, you no longer have control over what happens to that content. Never send anything you wouldn’t want your teachers or parents to see. You are responsible for what is sent and the words you choose. If you receive upsetting or inappropriate content, tell an adult immediately. Seek help and TELL.
Always tell a trusted adult if you are made to feel worried, uncomfortable or upset by online content. You should also tell an adult if you are worried someone else is being bullied online or is in danger.
There are lots of activities and advice to help you understand online safety. Just follow the link below