E-Safety Information and Advice
The Internet is a very useful tool to support learning. It is a
great place to connect with people, be creative and discover new
things. Digital and Information Communication Technologies have an
important role to play in the lives of young people. As these
technologies are being used more frequently, it is important to
raise the issue of E-safety and promote safe and responsible usage
of technologies in schools and at home. E-safety is a national
issue and we must all aim to ensure that the Internet is used in a
safe manner. In addition to this, being aware of privacy settings,
filters and safe usage of social networking sites will enable young
people to feel protected online.
Using Social Media Responsibly
Social media applies to blogs, microblogs like Facebook,
Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Snapchat, Viber, Instagram,
Whatsapp social networks, discussion forums and other
personal webspace. The Internet is a fast-moving technology and it
is impossible to cover all circumstances, however, as a general
rule, social media is anything on the Internet where content is
created and adapted by the people who use the site and which allows
Parents and Carers
- Ensure the computer is kept in an area of the house, where it
is easier to monitor what young people are accessing online.
- Make the most of Internet filtering software and use your web
browser's controls to enable security on different websites.
- Inform children not to share their personal information
- Create a "code of conduct" policy where young people are
involved in creating rules which must be abided by when using the
Internet at home.
- Be online together! Browsing the Internet with your child and
being involved in their 'online world' will promote online
- Ensure that your child adds you as their 'friend' on social
media. This will allow you to see what they are posting and check
that they are safe.
- Make sure you are old enough to join any sites including social
networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter
- Do not post any personal information online including your
phone number, address, passwords or your school.
- Use a made up name or nickname on your profile. - Do not make
friends you don't already know personally.
- Use an email address that does not include your name.
- Always use a 'strong' password. That is, don't use any names or
words that someone might guess, like the name of your dog or your
favourite singer. Use random letters or numbers and change your
- Use the strongest privacy setting when you set up your profile.
This means that only your friends will be able to view your
- Pictures and videos can be shared very easily across the
internet, so make sure you are very careful when uploading - even
if you only share it with friends, it can easily be spread much
further than that.
- Be very careful about sharing content online - especially if it
isn't yours to share. Illegal downloads are definitely best
- Never meet up with anyone you have met online.
- Make sure you know about the safety features on any networking
site. Some, for example, have a 'panic button' which you can press
if you see something that shouldn't be there.
- If anything happens online that you don't like, tell
- Think carefully when "posting" or "sharing" a photo
online. Remember, once a photo is posted online, people will be
able to share or download the photo.
- SPEAK UP! If you viewed something online that made you anxious,
unsafe or uncomfortable, please speak to an adult that you
- If you do not know someone, why are they "your online
friend" or "follower"?
- Privacy settings should always be kept to a maximum. Use the
search engines on social networking websites to find out how to do
E-Safety Guides for Parents
Vodaphone have produced some excellent E-Safety Parent Guides
and are available below:
Useful Websites For Students and Parents
Select your age range and off you go: cool games and sound
advice from www.thinkyouknow.co.uk
CBBC internet safety pages - Test your internet safety
knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen
Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some
tips from the Horrible Histories gang.
What's your favorite thing to do online? Learn more about the
internet and being a SMART safter here! www.kidsmart.org.uk
Get help and support from online mentors and counsellors,
whenever and wherever you need it. Join us and stay in touch with
all the latest campaign
GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet
industry corporations and public interest organizations to help
ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational
or entertaining online experiences.
Free up-to-date Security advice including using complex
passwords and managing hacked accounts
The Digizen website provides information to strengthen awareness
and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages
users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) tracks global
trends and issues surrounding digitally connected products and
their effect on children.
The Internet provides lots of opportunities for chatting with
friends, playing games and creating your own content. To help you
get the most out of the internet, UK Safter Internet Centre have
brought together the latest information on staying safe
online. Select your age group to find the
information that you need!! www.saferinternet.org.uk
You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big
or too small. If you're feeling worried, scared, stressed or just
want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine. We're here to
offer information and support whenever you need us.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with
others to help make the internet a great and safe place for
The national crime agency. The Child Exploitation and Online
Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex
abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children
about internet safety and online safety www.ceop.gov.uk
National Online Safety:
Supporting Young People Online, Childnet
Click here to view a document on supporting young people online in