Student Top Tips

1. Always think of your personal safety first when using ICT or your mobile phone. Remember it is easy for anyone to lie about who they are online, so you can never really be sure about who you are talking to.

2. Do not give out any personal information about yourself online to people you do not know. This includes your full name, address, street name, postcode, or school name.

3. Never give your phone number to anyone who you don’t know.

4. It’s a good idea to use a nickname rather than your real name.

5. Don’t meet people that you have only spoken to online. If you do decide to meet up with anyone in real life then make sure you take a trusted adult with you and meet in a public place at a busy time.

6. Never give out pictures online or over a mobile unless you know the person in real life. It is easy for people to take your pictures and alter them, send them on, or even pretend to be you with them.

7. Always use private settings whenever you are setting up a social networking page or an Instant Messenger (IM) account. This is so people who you don’t want to see your profile can’t.

8. Anything you post or upload to the internet is there forever so be very careful what you put online.

9. Never go onto face call with people you don’t know in real life. Face cam  images can be recorded and copied and also shared with other people.

10.   If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer and tell a trusted adult immediately.

Parent Top Tips

The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge, especially if you feel that your children may have better technical skills than you do.

However, children and young people still need support and guidance when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively, sensibly and safely.

Talk to your child about:

  • The sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • How they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • How you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?Talk to them and reassure them that they can always come to you if something upsets or worries them online. Save the evidence wherever possible. You may be able to report what has happened to the online service being used when the incident occurred. Evidence may include screen shots taken on a laptop or mobile device, emails, texts or online conversation histories. If you do need to make a report, evidence gathered will make it easier to show exactly what has taken place.

What to do if a child has come to you and needs help?

Talk to them and reassure them that they can always come to you if something upsets or worries them online. Save the evidence wherever possible. You may be able to report what has happened to the online service being used when the incident occurred. Evidence may include screen shots taken on a laptop or mobile device, emails, texts or online conversation histories. If you do need to make a report, evidence gathered will make it easier to show exactly what has taken place





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