PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHMENTS BELOW FOR UPDATED GUIDANCE ON KEEPING YOUNG PEOPLE AND PARENTS SAFE ONLINE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Students must realise that there are consequences to almost everything you do online. Everything you say and do is traceable for a long time, (this is called ‘leaving your digital footprint’ ), therefore you absolutely must respect and treat others with the same respect as you would expect to be treated yourself. Pretend you are face to face with people even if you are not and do not disrespect one person to someone else and expect them not to find out about it later… …this quite often ends in tears or a big fall out. You must take a very mature and sensible approach to communicating online and always think twice or three times before pressing “Send” and especially before uploading and sharing any picture of yourself or anyone else. It is always a good idea to only write about things in a positive way on the internet, in social media and in texts. Sometimes even the simplest thing can be easily missunderstood.
Bear in mind that people who you do not know and who you have never seen can easily pretend not to be themselves online. In chat rooms and during online games this happens quite a lot. The majority of people online are probably harmless, but this does disguise the few bad people who might pretend to be someone else to try to make friends with you. If you are at all worried that you are in this situation, or if you feel uneasy about any issue regarding using the Internet or other social media then you must tell a responsible adult about it.
Take all the right precautions and enjoy your online time. You just have to be a little cautious and be careful to act responsibly. Learn about the risks so that you can avoid them. Students should definitely read the 5 Top Tips at the bottom of this page…
The National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. CEOP are there to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. They also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit their Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
…it’s a minefield knowing and dealing with the equipment, the apps, and the pressures your children are under to access the latest ‘thing’. Here from the Safer Internet Centre is a whole load of practical knowledge to guide you through. Click the link below for loads of advice and help…
…and here from the NSPCC is a heap of information about how to keep your child safe online…
Students…here are 5 Top Tips:
- Protect your online reputation: use the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
- Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone you trust. To report an incident to the authorities you should press the CEOP button above and follow the steps through. Alternatively ring Childline on 0800 1111 or visit either website.
- Don’t give in to pressure: if you lose your inhibitions you’ve lost control; once you’ve pressed ‘send’ with a malicious message or a nude selfie for instance, you can’t take it back.
- Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
- Acknowledge your sources: use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.
To learn more and for loads of advice and help please visit the following website:
(CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection, Think You Know and the Police themselves are all divisions of the NCA or National Crime Agency)