Safer Internet Day 2017
This year's theme was 'Be the change: Unite for a better Internet'.
We held an assembly which focused on the Power of the Image. Where there are many advantages and positives to using the internet, it is still important to be mindful when posting images online (this goes for parents too!)
The internet is still a great place to share photos with people we know and trust, as long as
we do it safely.
Before you take and share a photo, ask yourself some questions to make sure you are
1. Who am I sharing this photo with? It is someone I know and trust in real life?
2. Who else might get to see it? Remember anyone can send or share a photo with others.
3. What will people be able to find out about me? Are there any clues to your personal
information in the photo?
4. What will people be able to find out about the other people in the photo? Have you shared
someone else’s personal information by accident too?
The key thing to remember is to take a moment to think before you post. That applies to
comments and messages too! If anything or anyone ever upsets you online, always tell a
trusted adult. They can help you feel better and help to find a positive solution to
Useful e-safety guidelines to discuss with your child -
- Maintain an open dialogue with your child
- Create a family agreement to establish your children’s boundaries and your expectations
- Give your child strategies to deal with any online content that they are not comfortable with
- Consider using filtering software to block unwanted content.
- Explain the dangers of posting content and the trail that can be left behind.
- Understand the law by familiarising yourself with the age ratings for games and apps
- Familiarise yourself with the privacy settings and reporting features
- Set up a family email address that your children can use when signing up to new games and websites online.
- Encourage them never to divulge any personal information such as age, address or contact details to anyone online.
- Encourage your children to use nicknames (where possible) instead of their full name online and create strong passwords for every account.