Internet Safety and E-Safeguarding
Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated in nearly 100 countries around the world in February of each year. In Europe, 30 countries mark the day with support from the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. SID is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.
Top Tips for Safe Surfing
- You have the right to feel safe all the time, including when using the internet or your mobile phone.
- If anything makes you feel scared or uncomfortable online tell a responsible adult straight away. Don't be afraid you will get into trouble.
- If you get a nasty message or get sent anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, do not reply. Show it to a responsible adult.
- Only email people you know, or those whom a responsible adult has approved.
- Messages you send should be respectful.
- Talk to a responsible adult before joining chatrooms or networking sites.
- Keep your personal details private when using ICT or a mobile phone. Your name, family information, journey to school, your pets and hobbies are all examples of personal details.
- Don't show anyone photographs of yourself, friends or family without checking first with a responsible adult.
- Never agree to meet an online friend in real life without checking with a responsible adult.
Responsible adults include your teachers, parents and the carers with whom you live. If you have any worries about using ICT safely at home or in school, please speak to them.
Top Tips for Parents
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
- Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
- If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
Useful Weblinks –
www.ceop.gov.uk - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They are a Government agency that is part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.kidsmart.org.uk- Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
http://parents.vodafone.com/ - Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents about understanding their child’s digital world and about getting more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!
https://www.safesearchkids.com/ - Google have developed a search engine to help make surfing the internet safer. Children still need to be supervised but it is a safer start.
Foundation Stage and KS1
Watch Hector and his friends learning how to use their computers safely!
Stories for younger children -
PENGUINPIG has a strong underlying message that we need to think carefully before we trust what we read online. It enforces the message that some people use the Internet to trick others and that, in the event of being uncertain, children should check with a trusted adult.
MONKEYCOW When a little girl creates the most delicious chocolate cake imaginable, she hides it in a top-secret base with a password for the door. She goes around the town spreading the news and sharing the password with some locals. However, little does she know the disaster that is soon to strike...
Test your Internet safety knowledge
Explore a virtual Cyber Cafe
Explore the Internet with Dot Com!
'Pokemon Go' advice can be found at -
Parents and Carers
Think-u-know has articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety.
The following websites also have information and advice about staying safe online: