Online Safety Guidance for Pupils
The internet is a fantastic tool that can be used to stay connected with your friends and family, access entertainment, such as videos and online games, and for support with your learning and schoolwork.
There are clearly many benefits, but it’s important to also be aware of the risks and to follow the tips listed below to help you stay safe:
• Use strong passwords, never share them, and consider setting up two-factor authentication where possible.
• Remember not everyone online is who they say they are – don’t share any personal information, even if they seem trustworthy.
• Talk to your parents or carers about where you go and what you do online, as you would in real life.
• Think before you send any photos – what are they being used for? Could they be shared further without your consent? Remember once you’ve sent an image to someone else or shared it online, anyone can make a copy of it.
• Remember even if you make a mistake there are steps you can take to reduce the resulting impact, for example, requesting that social media platforms remove content.
• Regularly review your privacy settings on apps.
• Consider who can see content you are sharing online and to be mindful of your online reputation.
• Always ask friends and family for consent before sharing pictures that they are in.
• Always be kind online and don’t post anything that may upset or offend someone.
• Know how to block content and report users who are harassing people or behaving in a way that is inappropriate or offensive.
• Check different sources or use a fact checking website before believing information online or sharing it publicly. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet, make sure the information you access or share is reliable.
• Immediately leave any websites or apps where content makes you feel uncomfortable or distressed.
• Never click on links in emails or messages that then ask you to log in and share your details – it could be a scam, so it’s always best to go to the website or app directly.
• Tell a trusted adult if something is worrying you online.
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