Information and Advice

The Internet is a very useful tool to support learning. It is a great place to connect with people, be creative and discover new things. Digital and Information Communication Technologies have an important role to play in the lives of young people. As these technologies are being used more frequently, it is important to raise the issue of E-safety and promote safe and responsible usage of technologies in schools and at home. E-safety is a national issue and we must all aim to ensure that the Internet is used in a safe manner. In addition to this, being aware of privacy settings, filters and safe usage of social networking sites will enable young people to feel protected online.

Using Social Media Responsibly

Social media applies to blogs, microblogs like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Snapchat, Viber, Instagram, Whatsapp social networks, discussion forums and other personal webspace. The Internet is a fast-moving technology and it is impossible to cover all circumstances, however, as a general rule, social media is anything on the Internet where content is created and adapted by the people who use the site and which allows two-way conversations.

Top Tips

Parents and Carers:

  • Ensure the computer is kept in an area of the house, where it is easier to monitor what young people are accessing online.
  • Make the most of Internet filtering software and use your web browser’s controls to enable security on different websites.
  • Inform children not to share their personal information online.
  • Create a “code of conduct” policy where young people are involved in creating rules which must be abided by when using the Internet at home.
  • Be online together! Browsing the Internet with your child and being involved in their ‘online world’ will promote online safety.
  • Ensure that your child adds you as their ‘friend’ on social media. This will allow you to see what they are posting and check that they are safe.

Students:

  • Make sure you are old enough to join any sites including social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Do not post any personal information online including your phone number, address, passwords or your school.
  • Use a made up name or nickname on your profile. – Do not make friends you don’t already know personally.
  • Use an email address that does not include your name.
  • Always use a ‘strong’ password. That is, don’t use any names or words that someone might guess, like the name of your dog or your favourite singer. Use random letters or numbers and change your password regularly.
  • Use the strongest privacy setting when you set up your profile. This means that only your friends will be able to view your information.
  • Pictures and videos can be shared very easily across the internet, so make sure you are very careful when uploading – even if you only share it with friends, it can easily be spread much further than that.
  • Be very careful about sharing content online – especially if it isn’t yours to share. Illegal downloads are definitely best avoided.
  • Never meet up with anyone you have met online.
  • Make sure you know about the safety features on any networking site. Some, for example, have a ‘panic button’ which you can press if you see something that shouldn’t be there.
  • If anything happens online that you don’t like, tell someone.
  • Think carefully when “posting” or “sharing” a photo online. Remember, once a photo is posted online, people will be able to share or download the photo.
  • SPEAK UP! If you viewed something online that made you anxious, unsafe or uncomfortable, please speak to an adult that you trust.
  • If you do not know someone, why are they “your online friend” or “follower”?
  • Privacy settings should always be kept to a maximum. Use the search engines on social networking websites to find out how to do this.

Digital Safety Guides for Parents

Take a Whole School Community Approach to Online Safety

For more information regarding our NOS Certified School Community package, developed in line with the new 2018 DfE Statutory Guidance, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, please complete the form here: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/online-safety-certified-schools-accreditation/

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