Today the whole school has taken part in Safer Internet Day 2020, a nationwide campaign to encourage safe and informed use of the internet. This year the theme was all about our online identity, what is safe to share and what is not. Throughout the day our children have been doing various activities to develop their understanding of their digital footprint, the permanence of things shared online and what is appropriate to share online.
Previously a copy of the publication 'Digital Parenting' has been issued to all children in school however in an attempt to be more environmentally friendly this is now accessible online. Please follow the link to receive all of the same content but in the online format.
Emma Bunton and her family took Vodafone’s Digital Family Pledge to get up to speed on four hot topics - screen time, social media, cyberbullying and gaming - and agree some digital house rules together.
Furthermore, to support you in encouraging safe use of the internet at home here are some top tips.
10 tips to stay safe online
Not sure what advice to give your child? These pointers have got you covered.
1. You should only talk to people you know and trust in real life – anyone can pretend to be a child online
2. If you do talk to people you don’t know, don’t give away personal information – like what street you live on or where you go to school, or share your location with them. Say no to any requests they send you for images or videos of yourself, and stop talking to them
3. Set your profiles to private, to limit what others can see
4. Be ‘share aware’ – think carefully about what you share and with who. Once it’s out there, you’ve got no control over what the other person does with it. Remember, it’s illegal to take, share or view sexual images of under-18s, full stop
5. Be mindful of your digital footprint. What you post online now could come back to bite you later, like when applying for jobs, college or university
6. If you see something upsetting, or someone bullies you, tell an adult you trust
7. Be aware that people will try to make their lives look more exciting online. There’s a lot people can do with photo editing to make their photos look better. So don’t assume everything you see is a true to life representation
8. Watch out for hoaxes and scams, like messages you’re meant to forward on or that ask you for payment details or your password
9. Take any content that glamorises gang lifestyles with a very large pinch of salt – it’s not as glamorous as it looks. Be wary of schemes promising easy cash for receiving and transferring money too, they’re almost definitely criminal activity
10. Watch out for loot boxes or other parts of games where you pay money to take a chance on getting a reward – you can get sucked into spending lots of money on them
Don’t feel confident starting a conversation with your child about what they’re up to online? Read this advice from the NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/onlinesafety/talking-child-online-safety
This factsheet was produced by Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key: www.thekeysupport.com/safeguarding
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