E-Safety / Internet safety and cyberbullying are major issues affecting the lives of young people nowadays, students use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning both at home and in school, we educate our students with regular ‘e-safety’ lessons and PSCHE days to remind students of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
Below are links to many child safety and e-safety resources, which include advice for both parents and students. Please check back regularly as the content is being updated on a regular basis.
Eight Top Tips for Internet Safety
1. Never give out your personal details to your online friends, you never know who may see it. This includes such things as your name, address, phone number, age, gender, or what school you go to. If you need to sign up to a chat room, messenger service or get an email account, you can always use an alias and not your real details.
2. If you need to sign up to a website for online shopping, ask your parents/carer for permission first.
3. It is better to keep your online friends online. Don’t meet up with anyone who you have met online without taking a trusted adult with you. Remember some people online do not tell the truth about their real identity.
4. Remember anything you put online e.g. videos, pictures, text can be used, altered and shared by anyone in the world. Never send pictures of yourself, friends or family to anyone you do not know.
5. Think before you post something online or send an email, anyone can read what you have posted and your emails can always be copied or forwarded to anyone else on the internet. If you wouldn’t say it to your parent/carer then don’t say it on the internet you may regret it later. Never send offensive emails, or post offensive content. Think about what you are writing to people, they can easily get the wrong idea about what you write or in the way you write it.
6. Most content on the internet e.g. text, photos and videos are not freely available for you to use or copy. You always need the owner’s permission first before you use their content. It is always best to create your own.
7. Never believe Spam e-mail and texts and never reply or forward them. It is never a good idea to open suspicious emails or text messages from people you do not know, they may contain inappropriate content such as images, text, video or a virus. If in doubt don’t open it just delete it.
8. If something or someone online makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, it is never too late to tell a teacher or your parent/carer.
Cleveland Police are dedicated to promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones. While the internet and the technology used to access it is rapidly evolving, providing exciting new experiences and methods of communicating, it is important that children and professionals alike do not forget the risks that are associated with it.
Please take the time to read the following document from Cleveland Police which provides important information regarding online safety