The internet is an integral part of our children’s lives, and provides wonderful opportunities for our children. However we need them to understand how to use it safety. At Shield Road we help our children to develop key skills to keep themselves safe online and in the real world. We help our children to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
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Some top tips for staying safe:
- Never post any personal information including addresses, phone numbers, places you are visiting, passwords etc.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
- Talk to your internet safety provider about setting up a filtering system.
- Never tell anyone else your passwords. They could log on and pretend to be you.
- Don’t make friends will people you don’t know.
- Never arrange to meet up anyone that you have met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
- Remember everyone online might not be who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online. Once you have posted it most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
- Always be kind online.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: tell a trusted adult immediately.
- Anything you are unsure about, report it to CEOP
- Use the link: Childnet - Have a conversation for a great way to create a family agreement on how the internet should be used safely and responsibly when online at home, at school or at a friend's house. Links for information and resources for children
- Internet Safety Zone - Look in the 'Under 13s' section for useful safety advice and information.
- Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All - lots of useful advice for children to stay safe on the Internet.
- Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
Links for information and resources for parents/carers:
- https://www.ceop.police.uk/- This is a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the ceop button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
- Childnet –Talk to your child about what they love to do online and discuss their online experiences by using some of the resources.
- Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Vodafone Parents - Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital Parenting' magazine.
- Internet matters - Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online.
Social network leaflets created by UK Safer Internet Centre to help children and adults to stay safe.