Online Safety for Pupils
Our Online Safety Lead is
The internet is a brilliant tool to use and we want all of you to make great use of it both in and outside of school. However, it is very important that you are kept SAFE whilst working on a tablet, using the internet or a smartphone.
If you are at all concerned about anything that happens to you whilst being online it is very important that you immediately tell the adult who is looking after you. You can also talk to your teacher at school, Ms Barham, Mr Forwood, Mrs Callaway or Lesley.
These links, http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/ and https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-3-11s, are really useful for advice.
. Many social networking websites (e.g., Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter) and blog hosting websites have minimum age requirements to signup which are generally 13 years old (for Whatsapp it is 16 years old). These are to keep you safe online and not because adults don’t want you to have fun!
When you are old enough to use these apps, or for when you play games online, please follow this advice.
. Don’t give out personal information without your parents’ permission. This means you should not share your last name, home address, school name, or telephone number. Remember, just because someone asks for information about you does not mean you have to tell them anything about yourself!
. When creating your screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.
. Don’t share your password with anyone but your parents or carers. When you use a public computer make sure you logout of the accounts you’ve accessed before leaving the terminal.
. Don’t post photos or videos online without getting your parents’ or carer’s permission.
. Don’t agree to meet an online friend unless you have your parents’ or carer’s permission. Unfortunately, sometimes people pretend to be people they aren’t. Remember that not everything you read online is true
. Don’t buy anything online without talking to your parents or carers first. Some ads may try to trick you by offering free things or telling you that you have won something as a way of collecting your personal information
. Don’t send or respond to mean or insulting messages. Tell your parents or carers if you receive one. If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to your parents or to a teacher at school.
. Talk to your parents or carers before you open an email attachment or download software. Attachments sometimes contain viruses. Never open an attachment from someone you don’t know.
. Talk to your teacher, parent or carer about safe and accurate websites for research. The public library offers lots of resources. If you use online information in a school project make sure you explain where you got the information.