We want all our children to have a safe and secure experience when using the internet. In school we had an E-safety day where children familiarised themselves about SMART.
S- SAFE Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
M- MEETING someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
A- ACCEPTING emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
R- RELIABLE Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family
T- TELL your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Children and parents were also invited to attend a BT and UNICEF internet safety training session where they learnt about how to stay safe when online. As a Rights Respecting School we know that children have the right to be safe and that all adults need to adhere to this.
UNCRC Article 16
Every child has the right to privacy. The law should protect the child’s private, family and home life.
UNCRC Article 17
Every child has he right to reliable information from the mass media, television, radio, newspaper and other media should provide information that children can understand. Governments must help protect children from materials that could harm them.
Useful links for parents:
Please find below some very good websites that offer information for parents about protecting themselves, and children when using technology.
Childnet Know It All
Think u Know
Dorset Police School Safety team
If you have any concerns about your children and safe use of technology please speak to school. We may be able to offer advice or have contacts of people who can help.