We are always talking to the children about being safe online. Our children talk confidently about things they need to do to be safe. However, this learning needs to be revisited regularly to ensure understanding. And for children to feel comfortable to report matters if they find themselves in an unsafe situation. Furthermore, technology is developing all the time so we need to ensure that our children understand how to use it safely. In addition to our week by week e-safety dialogue we will be having an ‘Safer Internet Day’ on Tuesday 11 February to revisit key messages. To build upon this, there will be some workshops for parents/carers in March to ensure the children are safe on-line at home. Ahead of next week and the workshops please see a few tips below to support the whole family being safer online:

  1. Only talk to people you know and trust in real life.
  2. Don’t give away personal information to strangers – like what street you live on, or where you go to school. Say “no” if they ask you to share photos or videos of yourself.
  3. Set your profiles to private.
  4. Be ‘share aware’ – once you share something online, you’ve got no control over what anyone else does with it.
  5. Be mindful of your digital footprint – it could come back to bite you.
  6. If you see something upsetting, or someone bullies you, tell an adult you trust
  7. Don’t assume everything you see is true to life. People often make their lives look more exciting online.
  8. Watch out for hoaxes and scams, like messages you’re asked to pass on or that as you for payment details or passwords.
  9. Be wary of schemes that promise easy cash in return for you receiving and transferring money, and don’t be fooled by anything that glamorises gang lifestyles.
  10. Watch out for loot boxes or other ways that games get you to pay – before you know it you can spend a lot on them.

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5th February 2020
Category: Whole School