At Treverbyn we take internet safety very seriously. We appreciate the importance of the internet as a learning tool for children today. It provides them with the opportunity to access a wide range of educational tools , communicate with friends and investigate the world around them. We hope that the information provided below will help keep your children safe and ensure they use technology responsibly.
Always remember most social networking sites including Facebook, MySpace and Bebo are designed for the use of adults and children aged 13 and over. All require a date of birth and agreement to this in their terms of service. Access by children under 13 can only be given when falsifying their age.
With the rise of social media and online gaming over the last few years, more and more children and youngsters are interacting online and creating virtual personas. Although these activities are fun, it does expose them to the potential of being abused. The lines between virtual and real lives are not always clear; it is important that children and young people are aware of the risks involved and protect themselves as much as possible.
Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.
Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post on their profiles. Inform them that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as result sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.
If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.
Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
The following links are provided to assist and inform you.
http://www.wisekids.org.uk/parents.htm Promoting Innovative, Positive and Safe Internet Use
http://ceop.police.uk/ Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
CYBERBULLYING RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS AND FOR CHILDREN
Childnet International also advises on Internet safety and has a range of leaflets for children and parents in a number of languages, including Hindi, Punjabi and Maltese.
www.cybersmartcurriculum.org has lesson plans for teachers on dealing with online bullies.
There's plenty of online advice on how to react to cyberbullying. For example, www.kidscape.org The Kidscape booklet 'Don't Bully Me!' gives advice to primary school children on what to do if they are bullied.
www.wiredsafety.org have some useful tips.
Stop receiving text messages for a while by turning off incoming messages for a couple of days. This might stop the person texting by making them believe the number’s changed. To find out how to do this, visit www.wiredsafety.org.
Secondary school te achers can download an information pack from www.stoptextbully.com including a classroom quiz, poster and top tips to help tackle cyberbullying. It is an interactive website that helps young people tackle mobile phone and online bullying and prevent it ever happening to them. There's advice for pupils, parents, carers and teachers, along with a fun quiz that highlights the issues.
The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency. Their website has invaluable information on setting up school Internet safety policies and how to communicate them to parents.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
Set up by the Government, the CEOP website helps adults get to grips with new and emerging technologies popular with young people. It includes advice on how to report cyberbullying, sexual abuse on line and the dangers of viruses
Don't suffer in silence
This Government website has a short anti-bullying video featuring stars like Rio Ferdinand and the Sugababes, a downloadable charter and advice for pupils, teachers and parents.
Information from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre on how to stay safe online. It includes details of the CEOP training courses. It provides interactive resources for KS1-KS4, teachers and parents
Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT)
Made up of police forces around the world, working together to fight online child abuse. The site includes advice, information and support for adults and children