Whether it’s playing computer games, chatting with your friends or researching for homework; the internet is a marvellous place to explore. However just like in the ‘real world’ it’s important to follow some basic rules to keep safe whilst you are 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.
Help! I’ve seen or heard something and it has upset me. What do I do?
If you are worried about something you or a friend has seen online then it can help to talk about it with someone you trust this could be a friend, family member or one of your teachers.
If you don’t feel able to talk to a trusted adult about it then you may find it easier to talk to someone from Childline. You can chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor on their website or call them for free on 0800 1111. The call won’t show up on your phone bill.
If you have been talking to someone online and chatting with them has made you feel uncomfortable or upset you can talk to a trusted adult. You can also report them to the police using CEOP’s Thinkuknow website.
The internet is a wonderful resource for children to explore, create and connect with others. It opens up a whole wealth of possibilities for discovery but it can also have its pitfalls; it is important to foster independence and exploration whilst keeping children safe.
We take seriously our responsibility for the safety of all pupils and staff. Staff are given training and are aware of the school’s policies and procedures regarding e-safety and both staff and pupils are expected to sign to say will abide by the school’s ‘Acceptable Use’ policy before using computer equipment.
We provide a planned e-safety programme as part of Computing / PHSE / other lessons which covers both the use of ICT and new technologies both inside and outside school. In addition the school hosts e-safety talks for parents and carers which are provided by Police Officers from the Dorset Safer Schools Community Team.
We can only succeed in keeping pupils safe online by working together with parents to ensure we provide a consistent message it is important that parents discuss with their children how to keep safe and use the internet responsibly.
The NSPCC advises 4 simple rules for working as a TEAM to keep children safe online:
T – Talk to your child about staying safe online
E – Explore their online world together
A – Agree on rules about what’s ok and what’s not
M – Manage your family’s settings and controls
Links to other resources with further information on how you can help your child to stay safe online are available at the top right of this page or click on the links below.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command)
A magazine style website containing tools and advice on keeping children safe online. There are articles to help improve parents knowledge of the kinds of sites their children may be using.
Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
Information on cyber bullying.
Videos and How to guides to help parents keep up to date with the latest digital technologies with links on how to report concerns and how to get help
A guide to social networks