Important Information on Internet Safety
As part of our Safe Curriculum work, the children engage in various throughout the year which teaches them how to keep themselves safe, including Internet Safety. The following list is designed to support parents in keeping their children safe when using the internet, and can be read in conjunction with the leaflets given out to children on an annual basis on Internet Safety Day, which is always during the second week of February.
Information for Parents
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.
- Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
- Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post on their profiles. Inform them that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
- It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as result sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.
- If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
- It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable
Please also note that the Social Networking Sites, such as: Facebook, MySpace etc are not recommended for use by Primary aged children – they are recommended for use by children of the ages 13 and above.
If your child has access to a Facebook account, please ensure that it is secure – ANYONE can find out about your child, where they live, which school they go to, if not. This puts both your child and other children at risk; and we strongly recommend that these sites are not used by primary aged children.