Technology has become integral to young people's lives and it is important that they know how to stay safe online and make the most of the opportunities that the internet provides. Whether you are a young person, parent or carer, or working with children, there are lots of resources to help, including those accessed through the following links:
Top tips for pupils to help stay safe:
- Think before you post: messages and images/photos posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone. Sometimes things can be misunderstood and what starts out as a joke can escalate quickly and can’t be taken back.
- Don’t give in to pressure: if you lose your inhibitions you’ve lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back. Silly mistakes can have a long term effect on you.
- Know where to find help: tell a trusted adult if you are worried by anything on online or something makes you feel uncomfortable. Most social networking sites allow you to report a comment or user who is potentially breaking their terms and conditions, by clicking on a report button or sending the site an email. Concerns can be reported to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP).
- Know the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want and remember laws on decency and behaviour: actions have consequences.
- Privacy settings: use the privacy tools available on the social networking site to protect your personal information.
- It’s never too late to tell someone: speak to someone if you feel something has gone wrong. Although it may feel like the end of the world, there is always a way back. The quicker you speak to someone, the better the chance of managing the spread of the content.
For further parental information: www.childnet.com/resources/a-parents-guide-to-technology