Safer Internet Day
Schools across the UK are getting involved with Safer Internet Day 2017 on the 7th February.
This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’ and provides an opportunity for schools to make the most of the positive opportunities offered online, whilst giving young people the resilience, skills, knowledge and support they need to navigate any online risks they may come across.
This year as part of Safer Internet Day 2017 we decided to bring back our two superheros Cyber Boy and Safety Girl to make another 6 minute video to warn children of the danger that can be lurking online and how to keep themselves safe while using technology.
View last years video here
Do you like chatting with your friends on your mobile phone, communicating by email or searching for information on the internet? Have a look below to see how you can use ICT safely, where you stay in control and you know how to get yourself out of a situation that might be dangerous or make you feel uncomfortable.
- Do not walk along texting – lots of people have been involved in accidents because of this
- Do no flash your phone about or brag about it, you may end up getting mugged for it
- Think about who you give your number to – you don’t know where it might end up
- If you take photos or films of your friends and want to share them or put them on-line, check with them first, once things are on the internet they can not be removed easily, and this could be a very big problem for you
- Keep control of your own image too – once your picture is on-line, it can be copied, changed and shared without you knowing
- If you receive an annoying, nasty or rude text, don’t reply to it, but do keep it and show an adult. If it is from another pupil, staff at school will get involved
- Your phone must be given in every morning, we take no responsibility for lost or stolen phones.
Social network sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, Bebo etc)
- NO Discovery pupil should have a social networking account, as this would involve lying about your age. We will report any child to Facebook that we find out is using an account as we consider this extremely dangerous.
Chatrooms on ‘safe sites’
- Only ever create an account with permission from your parents
- Create a username that is easy to remember but isn’t your real full name
- Only link with real-life friends you know
- Look out for your friends online and let them and an adult know if you think they are at risk
- Parents need to check your conversations and set your level of chat until you have proved you have good awareness and safety.
- You should only have an email account with permission from an adult
- Think about who you give your email address to – you don’t know where it might end up
- Never open emails from people you do not know
- If you receive an annoying, nasty or rude mail, don’t reply to it, but do keep it to show an adult at home and then at school so it can be properly dealt with
- Keep passwords private to yourself and your parents
- Thinkuknow https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Do you want to find out about the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology? Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. There is also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
- Internet watch foundation https://www.iwf.org.uk/
Report any websites that you feel are inappropriate.
- Childnet http://www.childnet.com
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.