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The Internet has revolutionised the way we access information.
At school we have a robust safety net, but children can also surf the net at all times of the day in many different places. So remind your children to take care and ‘think safe’ when surfing with their friends or when they are alone.
Talk to your children about what they are doing; make sure they are aware about the possible dangers of giving out personal information. Remind them – if anything makes them feel uncomfortable – tell someone. It is never too late to tell.
Remember the minimum age for Facebook is 13 and WhatsApp is 16!
Watch this whole school video that we made to help children remember how to stay smart online.
Go to the bottom of this page to check if you know what the acronym Smart with a Heart means.
Here are a few tips for keeping safe while you surf:
- Think about how you feel – if something makes you uncomfortable or worried tell someone
- Think about whom you give personal details to – instant messenger ID, email address, mobile phone number, images. Are they friends you know, or online friends?
- Think before opening emails and attachments, or downloading files – are they from someone or an organisation you really know and trust
- Think – most people using the internet are who they say they are – but not all
Online Safety Guidelines including the school X account:
Children’s Identity: To ensure children’s identity is protected on the internet, any photos or videos published at school on public sites and networks will not have any captions, titles, tags or descriptions that reveal the name of the relevant children.
Parent Comments: When making a comment about an image or video clip on a class blog, X, or other site used in school, parents should not use a child’s name. Parents’ usernames should also avoid stating the name of their child. This will prevent any matching of children’s names to their images or video clips.
Children’s Contributions: Children who publish text, photos or video on public sites as part of their learning at school are instructed not to reveal their identity or the identity of other children, instead they are to sign off using their initials.
Monitoring: Teachers regularly monitor elevant sites and software, and remove any posts as appropriate. Please let your child’s teacher know if you would like an item removed. All posts and comments are approved by teachers before being published.
Some images and videos published on blogs and other sites may offer links to non-school content.At Herbert Morrison we think about Online Safety EVERY DAY.