Today we have been marking safer internet day in school. It’s a global celebration all about technology, looking at how children and young people can use the internet responsibly, respectfully, and creatively whilst making the most of their relationships online.
During an extended form time, students have been shown a presentation and video reminding them of the potential dangers that can be found on line. We had a specific focus on gaming this year, supporting students to be more aware of the contacts they make through on-line gaming and reminding them of the importance of guarding their personal information whilst online. Students also had conversations about the importance and potential impact of their social media reputation.
“It is important to stay safe on the internet because you never know what could happen. Anyone could be viewing your information” Tanai
“You never know who is behind the internet. People could say they are your age and from your area but they could be completely different” Keisha
“When I am gaming I always keep my settings on private so that other people don’t hack it” Bennylee
“To keep myself safe I only talk to people that I know when I am online” Cody
The Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website specifically for children, young people, teachers and parents/carers. As a parent, if you have any concerns with your child's online safety visit: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ for further information and advice.
Other useful websites to help you stay safe online and support your children's safe use of the internet and digital media:
https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/ - Guide to the most recent developments and restrictions on APPS and social media
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - online safety
www.saferinternet.org.uk - online safety
www.parentinfo.org/ - Lots of good eSafety advice
www.childnet.com- An organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers covering online safety
www.kidsmart.org.uk - Developed by Childnet International, it has information on children's technology and guidance about online safety
www.bullying.co.uk - Twenty percent of children have experienced online bullying, this web site gives advice for children and parents on cyberbullying
We know that TikTok is a platform of choice for many of our students. For parents (and students!) we have included a helpful guide to staying safe on TikTok below for reference. Let’s all work together to keep our young people safer on the internet.