The internet is such an integral part of our lives these days. Over 2 Billion people on the planet now have access to the internet and this number is growing rapidly. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are. Pupils at school now have never known a world without the internet – yet for many adults the internet is only a recent innovation. As you would protect yourself in the real world, you will want to make sure that you are safe whatever you are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If you understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, you can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so.
These Dangers can include:
- giving out personal information
- arranging to meet an online ‘friend’
- viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
- spending too much time online which can effect concentration, education, sleep and health
- becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
- copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.
1- Always keep you passwords secret and make sure they are not easy to guess. Try to include capital letters and numbers in your password. Tip: Try turning sentences into passwords – “My dog Rover is 3 years old” becomes “MdRi3yo”.
2- Change your password on a regular basis.
3- If you think someone knows your password make sure you change it.
4- If you have the option of setting a security question then do so. Make sure that it is a question that only you know the answer to.
You may be aware that the most recent Snapchat update may be a threat to child safety.
There is a new feature in which any photos/videos you take can be made public on a map for ANYONE to see including people who are not your friends.
Students will need to turn their app to ‘ghost mode’ so that strangers cannot see their pictures.
It seems the update has not been clear on how their pictures will be used but there are concerns that it can be as accurate as showing the stranger the location of the house as well as the pictures.
The link below outlines more detail about the update and how to change the settings.
Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.
Recognition of BMA’s contribution to ensuring high standards of Esafety
For advice and guidance on how to stay safe online, please view the documents below.