The internet is an integral part of our lives and an important and useful resource for all of us. With the development of new technology its availability and easy access has become a normal part of the lives of children and young adults. It is vital that we do all that we can to ensure the safe use of the internet and all work together on the issue of e-safety.
The following facts might surprise you…
94% of teenagers are on Facebook but Twitter and Snapchat now have a faster growth rate in terms of teenage usage
600,000 accounts on Facebook are hacked or attempted to be hacked on a daily basis
70% of teenagers use a smartphone
38% of young people have been affected by bullying online
25% of a teenagers ‘friends’ online are people that they have only met online
E-safety in school
As part of our computing lessons all students spend just over a term investigating e-safety and all aspects of staying safe online. They are encouraged to report any negative issues they may encounter online to a trusted adult which includes all school staff. Our newly formed ‘SAFE’ (Student Awareness For E-Safety) team are busy putting together newsletters for our website and producing presentations to provide regular assemblies for all years, which will include a focus on e-safety, cyber bullying, Social Networking, File Sharing and the possible consequences of inappropriate internet use. Students are informed how to report cyber bullying and e-safety posters are being updated to be displayed in prominent positions around school.
The use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming increasingly popular. This is despite the fact that you have to be 13 years old in order to have a Facebook profile. There is a wealth of advice online about social networking sites. Please click on the links below for further support:
Please click here on how to prevent a child from being abused
Please click here to find out how secondary school students can get help
Please click here for advice on using social networking sites safely.
Top tips for students
Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
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.
Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
Never give out your passwords
Don’t befriend people you don’t know
Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
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.
Top Tips for Parents
Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest.
Encourage your child to go online and explore sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online.
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
Know what connects to the internet and how. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses to connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console.
Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
Sexting (or “sex texting”) is the sending or receiving of sexually explicit or sexually suggestive images, messages, or video via a mobile phone or an electronic device. Examples of sexting include sending: nude or nearly nude photos or “selfies” videos that show nudity, sex acts, or simulated sex. Text messages that propose sex or refer to sex acts
‘Sexting’ is an increasingly common activity among children and young people, where they share inappropriate or explicit images on line or through mobile phones. It can also refer to written messages. As a parent or carer do you know what it is, how to spot it and what to do?
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Using computers and similar devices to go online has made everyday activities such as shopping, banking, paying bills and keeping in touch fast and easy … anytime, anywhere. There are, however, a number of risks associated with going online – some general and some specific to the respective activities that you carry out.
There are a number of sensible and simple measures which you need to take in order to protect yourself against these risks, which include identity theft, criminals stealing your personal and financial data to defraud you or empty your bank account. The precautions are as simple as choosing safe passwords and ensuring you have adequate antivirus/antispyware installed, to learning how to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent websites and emails.
Everyone needs help including Parents; why not click on some of the links below to find out more?
Please click here on how to stay safe on the internet.
Please click here for advice from the Metropolitan Police on staying safe on the internet.
Please click here for the Kidsmart website.
Please click here for the thinkuknow website.
Please click here for help and advice for Parents.
Please click here for the CEOP website.
If you are concerned about anything online please use the following helplines:
Childline 0800 1111
If you are worried about a child and need some advice call 0808 800 5000