The internet is a fantastic resource that provides a huge wealth of information for students - it can be of great benefit to learning. However, it is really important that we all use the Internet, and other forms of technology such as mobile phones, sensibly and wisely. Lots of specific information is given in the attachments below.
Here are the Little Heath top tips to help keep students safe:
- Don't post personal information online
- Never let anyone have access to your passwords. Check the privacy settings on accounts like Facebook and make sure you know how to keep your personal information private.
- Think very carefully before posting photos of yourself online.
- Never respond or retaliate, as this can just make things worse. It might be difficult, but try to ignore the bullies.
- Block any users that send you nasty messages.
- Save and print out any nasty messages, posts, pictures or videos you receive or see.
- Talk to someone – either at home or school – about any issues on line so that someone can help you
- Make a note of the dates and times of any nasty messages, along with any details you have about the sender's ID and the URL.
- Don't pass on cyberbullying videos or messages. You will get into trouble for doing this.
- You have a right to say “no” to online requests from friends and also from other people that you don’t know. No one should feel pressured into doing things that they would be embarrassed about or don’t want to do. We want to remind you that you absolutely have the right to say "no" (this is, by no means, an exhaustive list):
- to join a group chat or ‘party’
- to accept someone as an online friend
- to respond to a request from someone (a friend or non friend) to do something/send something via social media/WhatsApp/phone
- to talk about things which make you feel uncomfortable
- to make promises to someone
- to keep something a secret
While online, please be aware of your responsibilities. Think about how your words and actions would make you feel if you were on the receiving end. Remember the acronym THINK. Ask yourself before you post:
- is it True?
- is it Helpful?
- is it Inspiring?
- is it Necessary?
- is it Kind?
and… if it’s none of these things… don’t post it!
REPORTING E SAFETY CONCERNS:
If you have any concerns about a message that you receive, you can contact the mobile phone operator or social media site directly. The Help Centre on Instagram has advice on how to report problems. Twitter has a “report a violation” function on its safety section page and Snapchat has a support page where you can report any safety issues. The red CLICKCEOP “report abuse” button is also available via www.thinkuknow.co.uk or you can click on it here:
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the ClickCEOP button.
Useful websites with information and advice about how to stay safe online: