There are lots of websites (ironic?) that give great advice on how to use the internet safely.
As a student the question you should always ask yourself is ‘would I be happy letting my Mum or Grandad see what I am doing?’ If the answer is no then chances are you shouldn’t be doing it.
As a parent the question you should always ask yourself is ‘do I know what my son/daughter is doing online?’ If the answer is no then chances are you should do something about it.
When doing anything on line, consider whether the site you are accessing is a trusted site. Can you see an address or phone number. Questions you should be asking yourself – can you do some research before placing orders or disclosing information to ensure they are a trusted site? Does the phone number work? Is the address real? REMEMBER – What goes on line stays online!
Consider how many keys you hold. Do you have a house key, office key, garage key, filing cabinet key etc; The answer is probably yes as we all have different keys for different doors. So WHY do ‘we’ usually only use one password? This is something which should be changed for all your sites and on a regular basis. Take a look at the attached about staying safe online: get_safe_online_sheet.pdf
If you own anything with bluetooth or is wireless such as mobile phones, security cameras etc, you should consider having security. Many Young People today have smart phones but do not have any security enabled.
An informative website which will help guide and advise you is http://www.getsafeonline.org/ . This is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide many online services including:
- Protecting your computer
- Protecting yourself
- Smartphones and tablets
- Shopping, banking and payments
- Safeguarding children
- Social networking
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? CEOP is aimed at keeping Young People safe online from sexual abuse. There are nearly 700 cases reported per month and each case is reviewed and then contacted by a child protection worker.
It was advised the CEOP icon be embedded onto school websites so Young People are able to click on the icon from a site they trust and report abuse. This can be reported from the victim, parent, friend, professional etc:
The person reporting the crime, would need to provide either an email address or phone number for the child protection worker to be in touch.
There is another website which has 6 areas aimed at different ages including SEN. This site provides lesson plans and resources which can be used by professionals. There is a page on the parents section which also provides details about the apps young people are using. The site is https://thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals For access to some video clips etc : https://www.youtube.com/user/ceop
NSPCC / O2
The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to provide advice and support on parental controls, privacy settings, social networks, online safety and more. You can find a list of all the current apps young people are using including:
- Zipit – an app used by young people to add a GIF to a message when in a difficult situation.
- KIK – an app which works similar to whatsapp
- ooVoo – A popular app amongst primary students. ooVoo lets you make video and voice calls and send texts. You can video chat with up to 12 people. The default privacy settings are set to ‘public’, so you can talk to people you don’t know, but they can be changed so that you can just talk to your friends.The website to access these resources is : nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership www.net-aware.org.uk
Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience.
This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’
In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow program, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient. The site link is: http://parentinfo.org/