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Online Safety

Upminster Junior School Online Safety Rules

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  1. Safe:

 Should you share this?

Never give away personal information to people you do not known online. This includes: your address, surname, phone number, email, passwords, date of birth, school name etc. People who are online may have the ability to take information about you, your family or even your friends. Never put information about other people online!

  1. Think:

Will you regret it?

Don’t put anything unreasonable online. If your friends are doing it, doesn’t mean you have to do it too. Don’t make choices you don’t want to make. Always think of the consequences. Don’t write unkind posts, comments or messages.

  1. Ask:

Have you asked an adult?

It is very important that you have permission to go online. You shouldn’t sign up to websites without permission. Make sure that you ask a responsible adult. It is important in case you see something horrible or hurtful online.

  1. Reliable:

Who are you chatting to?

DO NOT chat to people you don’t know online. These people may tell you things that aren’t true; you should NEVER believe them. If they ask you to meet up, DON’T. People that you talk to online might not be who they say they really are. They could be hackers or adults pretending to be children. REMEMBER, just because they’re hidden behind a screen doesn’t mean they’re your friend.

  1. Tell:

Should you keep it a secret?

If you see anything irresponsible online, you don’t have to keep it a secret. It is a good idea to tell your parents and let somebody know.

Online Safety - Helping your child stay safe

The best way to help your child to be a safe when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules:

  • You should never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
  • Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room..
  • If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply, they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult.
  • Spam and junk emails and texts are not true, don’t reply or send them to anyone else, just delete them.
  • Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
  • An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust.
  • Make sure they know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.

Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child, let then know you trust them.

Some useful resources (links to external sites)

Online Safety Survey

Read and discuss the questions with your child.

Where is the computer you access the most?

at home at school a mobile device in a library in a youth club

What devices do you use?

computer games console mobile phone TV Ipad/tablet

Where do you use your computer?

a laptop or device in many rooms in a room mainly used by mum or dad in a shared living room in a brother/sister/other/ bedroom

Do you share your computer?

brother/sister whole family just me

Do your parents know what you do online?

never some of the time most of the time always

What do you do online?

revision sites school work listen to music watch films, videos, tv read an e-book playgames, wii, xbox play online games instant chat email webcam social networking facebook/twitter make videos, films

What types of websites do you regularly use?

games YouTube virtual worlds search engine educational maths educational literacy school website social networking email

Have you ever found things online that make you feel uncomfortable or worried?

just a few times but I did not tell an adult just a few times but I did tell an adult never often but I keep it to myself often but I tell an adult

Have you ever received a message or picture that upset you?

many times never sometimes

Who did you tell?

I didn't tell anyone I told a friend I told a teacher I told another trusted adult I told my parent/carer

Did telling someone help it stop?

No-it made things worse No-they did not help me Yes-they helped me and it was stopped Yes-they helped me but it has not stopped

Have you ever sent a silly, unkind or nasty message?

Don't know/not sure No Yes a few times Yes only once

Do you have a social networking site?

No Yes Yes- it is a shared family site Yes- my parents help me and monitor it

Have you made friends with people online you didn't know before?

many times no sometimes

Have you ever met face to face people you only know online?

yes- and I met up with them on my own yes- but I took a friend with me yes but my parent/adult came with me no


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