The Internet is part of life these days. Most children have access to the Internet; it’s used in schools and in our homes. It’s a remarkable thing with many positives for children to benefit from. The Internet is educational, a place to be creative and to play. It’s also a tool to connect with others. Unfortunately, as with most things in life, there are some dangers.
Today, we have 10 e-safety tips for you to share with the children in your care.
- Personal information should not be shared online. Never put your home address, your town, email address or your phone number. Other information that shouldn’t be shared include your school or college or any clubs or groups you’re in.
- Remember that once a photo or video is online many people will be able to see it and download it. It takes seconds to download an image and you won’t even know that someone has downloaded it on your computer. Always think before you upload any photo or video of yourself.
- Investigate all privacy settings for every website you use. Put the privacy on the highest possible settings.
- Don’t give your passwords to anyone and change them regularly.
- Don’t make friends with anyone you don’t know.
- Never meet someone you’ve met online, even if you think you can trust them. Tell a parent, your carer or a teacher if someone asks to meet you.
- Don’t be fooled. People on the Internet might not be who they’re claiming to be.
- Think about what you want to say online before you type it.
- Be respectful of other people’s views even if you don’t agree with them. Be respectful and don’t be rude.
- Don’t be afraid to tell an adult or someone you trust about anything you see or experience online that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Help children stay safe online by helping them to be #ShareAware. Open the lines of communication, set some simple rules and enjoy the Internet together. Visit the NSPCC for further advice and information on e-safety.