Safer Use of the Internet Day – Tuesday 5th February 2019
Tuesday, 5th February is Safer Use of the Internet Day. Hence I feel it is appropriate to highlight this area of concern for schools and parents alike. With all children at school and at home requiring increasing access to the internet and the many resources it can provide, I thought it would be useful to pass on some recommended top tips for children, and also their parents to reinforce when going online and using the internet.
The campaign’s slogan, ‘Together for a better internet’, is for all adults to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially younger users.
As part of this campaign, all pupils at Great Ballard (aged 3-13) will be having lessons with either their Form teacher or PSHE teacher to help them to gain a greater understanding of how to stay safe online.
- Be respectful -Play your part in making the internet a better place. Be positive, show respect and help people if they are upset.
- Be sensible - Always tell a trusted adult if you are ever worried or upset by something that happens online, and think carefully about the impact on others before you share something online.
- Be kind – Always use images and videos to make a positive impact.
- Be you - Think before you post anything online. What do your images and videos say about you; are you happy with the story you are telling? What you share online could be there forever and could be misinterpreted by others.
- Be careful - Keep your personal information safe and always check with an adult before you share anything online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
- Be aware - Make sure you know the rules about how to behave and stay safe on the sites, games and apps you use. Look out for buttons that let you block, mute and report other users who aren’t behaving.
- Be a detective - The internet is full of brilliant things to watch, explore and learn from but not everything or everyone online can be believed or trusted. Think carefully by checking at least three different websites for your information and talking to someone about what you have seen to see if they agree.
- Be safe - Never agree to meet up offline with someone you only know online. No matter how friendly they might seem or how well you think you know them, they are still a stranger. Always tell a trusted adult if someone online asks to meet up.
There is also a website, created by the NSPCC, www.net-aware.org.uk, to enable parents to help their children stay safe online. It informs parents about the most popular sites, apps and games that children use, and also explains how to set up parental controls. By signing up to the ‘Online Safety newsletter’, you can keep up to date with digital trends, and there is also a free ‘Net Aware app’ that you may wish to sign up to.