E Safety is a very important aspect of online life. We educate children in school as to how to be safe online, and feel it is very important to share this with the people who look after children at home. Children are accessing social networking websites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, despite age restrictions in place on these websites. It is very important that they are safe while on these sites, and it is also important for adults (teachers, parents, carers) to help them to do this. Some top tips for children for staying safe online include:
- Don’t post any personal info online – like address, email or mobile number
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once it’s online, people can see and download it – it’s not just yours anymore
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
- Never give out your passwords
- Don’t make friends with people you don’t know
- Don’t meet up with people you have met online. Speak to an adult you trust about anybody that suggests you should
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
- Think carefully about what you say before you post it online – would you say it to someone’s face?
- Respect other people – even if you don’t agree it doesn’t mean you need to be rude
- If you see something which makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website and tell a trusted adult immediately
The slideshow explains more about keeping children safe online, and is courtesy of internetmatters.org.
The following leaflets explain some frequently asked questions about social media, and explain how to help keep children safe online. They come courtesy of Childnet.
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Staff at school cannot add or contact children online – please don’t try!