Online Safety Information
We use the internet in lots of different ways:
We use the internet to find things out, and to learn new things. Sometimes, we are told where to look for information and sometimes we are asked to find the information ourselves.
We can also use the internet to communicate with others; we can take part in discussions and chats with other people. We can also send each other private messages. When we are online, we need to treat each other like we would face to face. We need to remember this rule if we use other methods of online communicate outside school.
To Have Fun
We can also use the internet to have fun. On the internet, we can look at pictures, watch videos, listen to music, and play games.
The internet is a fantastic resource for enquiry, communication and fun. Sometimes, however, the internet can get in the way of these things. We need to remember these simple rules so that our use of the internet isn’t spoiled.
When you’re online, always keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do. Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Don’t share personal information with people online. This includes:
* your full name
* school information
* telephone numbers
* places you like to spend time
When you use chat rooms or instant messenger, use a nickname instead of your real name.
If you need to share personal information with a friend, do it face to face. Don’t share your username or password with other people.
Think about blocking people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments.
Always delete emails from people you don’t know, and don’t open attachments from people you don’t know. They might be nasty or contain a virus that can stop your computer working.
If someone is mean or sends nasty messages online, block them.
When we use the internet in school, we shouldn’t be able to see anything upsetting. If you see anything you think isn’t right, let your teacher know straight away.
If you see anything that upsets you online or if someone asks to meet you, flag it up with someone you trust.
If you see something on our learning platform that upsets you, let your teacher know straight away. They will be able to find the information and deal with the problem.
If you see something on another website, tell a parent or an adult you trust and they can help you. If you want to talk to someone else, you can call Childline on 0800 1111.
If someone you know is being nasty to someone online, speak to a parent or trusted adult about it.
If a friend you have made online asks to meet you in the offline world, talk to your parents or a trusted adult about it. You should never meet up with someone you have met online without an adult going with you because it is dangerous.
Report online abuse by clicking the button below:
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works to protect children from harm online and offline, directly through CEOP led operations in partnership with local and international agencies. Their website offers further support in how and when to make use of this report function. There is also a CEOP report button in the footer of this website.
Below are a few links to some very useful information regarding online safety for parents, carers and children:
- CEOP Education/ThinkUKnow – 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).
- UK Safer Internet Centre – Look in the ‘Resources for 3-11s’ section for useful safety advice and information.
- 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.
- BBC OwnIT – Here to help young people boss their online lives. Whatever you need – help and advice, skills or inspiration – we have it covered.
- Net Smartz Kids– Visit the Net Smartz Kids website for lots of online safety activities.
- Childnet International – website to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.
The following guides to online platforms that children may use will be useful to parents and carers:
- Conversation Starters for Parents and Carers : Online Content
- Facebook Messenger
- Group Chats
- Fortnite Battle Royale
- Games Consoles
- Play Station 4
- XBox One
- Disney +
- Youtube Kids