The internet is a wonderful place to explore and discover new things, to connect and communicate with others and to be creative.
Follow SMART rules: 5 Top Tips to stay safe online!
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
At Somerset Progressive School, we take all aspects of your child’s safety and well being extremely seriously. As a school, we wish to ensure that all children have access to the very best opportunities to access the digital world, and to learn the skills they will need to be fully competent digital citizens. We expect the children to be safe, to know how to stay safe, and how to behave appropriately online.
All children will encounter the SMART rules for staying safe online. They will learn how to be a responsible digital citizen and learn what it takes to behave appropriately in the online world.
Some Advice for You and your Children:
- Become involved in your children’s online activity
- Your children should not legally have Face Book accounts till they are 13. Our school does not advocate in any way that your child should be allowed a Face Book account.
- Try to keep the computer in a public place
- Be non judgemental, encourage your children to tell you if they are uncomfortable or unsure about something on the internet
- Know what they are doing, talking about it, be a user, be internet savvy, ask them!
Leaflets you may find useful:
Websites you may find useful:
Learn the importance of being a good online friend by watching the award winning short film ‘Chips and Bangs’ from Ludworth Primary School.
Explore how the internet has impacted on our lives and how it differs from the olden days in this winning film from Arundale Primary school.
If something upsets you online or you are worried about a friend it can really help to talk to someone. There are lots of people who can help you. You should talk to an adult you trust if anything has upset you or made you feel uncomfortable whilst online.
Remember you can always call ChildLine on 0800 11 11 or visit the ChildLine website if you ever need to talk to someone in confidence. If you are worried about the behaviour of another adult online, visit Thinkuknow to make a report.