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Why is it important to stay safe online?

Most of us are ‘connected’ via our laptops, mobile phones, tablets or personal computer. The potential for the internet to be a valuable and a fun resource for entertainment, making friends, keeping in touch and learning is huge. But if you use the internet, you could be at risk of illegal activity or abuse - be it bullying, fraud or something more serious. Unlike seeing someone face to face, on the net, people aren't always what they first seem.

In the same way you learn about safety when you leave the house, it is important to learn how to stay safe online. These are skills that will stay with you for life

 

Some Golden Rules

  • Don't give out personal information such as your address or phone number.
  • Don’t send pictures of yourself to anyone, especially indecent pictures.
  • Don't open emails or attachments from people you don't know.
  • Don't become online ‘friends’ with people you don't know.
  • Never arrange to meet someone in person who you've met online.
  • If anything you see or read online worries you, tell someone about it.

 

Social networking

Social networking websites and apps, such as Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, Viber, Tumblr, SnapChat, Ask.fm and Twitter have become incredibly popular in recent years.

Most users are genuine, but because it is so easy to hide your real identity, it is possible to come into contact with people you would normally avoid. Adults have been known to use this method to contact young people by disguising themselves as another young person. This can lead to gaining the trust of an individual and their friends. These false relationships based on lies can often pave way for exposure to upsetting images and online content and in some cases arranging a meeting in person.

 

Online grooming

The internet is a highly interactive tool which can allow people to communicate with each other very easily, through internet chat programs and social networking sites and even mobile apps and games.

Online grooming is the term used to describe inappropriate behaviour towards a young person, putting them at risk to a sexual offence.

Even if nothing dangerous does happen, knowing you may have had contact with somebody like this can be extremely upsetting.

 

 

Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying can work in the same way as bullying in the playground; the victim feels frightened and alone, while the bully tries to hide from being caught.

  • Comments, images and videos about a person can be posted online causing the person to feel frightened and upset.
  • It is even possible for cyber bullies to hack into the victim's personal accounts and harass them from within their own user profile.
  • Often cyber bullies feel braver because they can't be seen, but it can be the most traceable form of bullying because there's evidence that it's happened.
  • But because bullies think they can cover up their identity online sometimes people who wouldn't normally bully might do so online

 

Inappropriate content

Beware of the sites you visit - the internet has many sites featuring sex, violence and drug abuse - and other illegal activities.

  • Often anyone can access these sites, even when parental controls are in place.
  • You could be encouraged to view them via content shared by others on social networking sites

 

How we keep children safe at school ?

 

At school the use of the internet is carefully monitored.

  • We do not allow children to use the computers without adult supervision.

  • School does not give out emails or encourage children to visit social networking sites.

  • Online safety is taught as part of our curriculum.

  • School has installed web filters so the content and the websites visited are appropriate

  • Pupils are not allowed mobile phones in school.

  • Only age appropriate resources/materials are shown.

 

Children may have more freedom to explore websites and use their phones at home so it is important you understand the risks and discuss these with your child.

 

 

 

 


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  • Berridge Road West, Hyson Green, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire,
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