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The upper Juniors recently had a visit from our PCSO to discuss E-Safety.  The following is a summary of what was discussed and this applies to all electronic devices, laptops, ipads, tablets etc.

  1. Show your parents the sites you visit and use.   Show them how the site works especially the safety features and privacy settings, making sure these are set appropriately for the age of the user
  2. Keep a low profile online.  Do not hand out any information which you would not shout out in the ‘real’ world. Many people feel safer online and too many share too much information, including ‘phone numbers, email addresses, age, name, school, house, where you live, also photos. Remember this information will be out there for ever and is almost impossible to get back
  3. Online friends – via Facebook, Skype, Snapchat, online chat rooms etc. Make sure that your online friends are known to you in the ‘real’ world and that you trust them. Remember the minimum age for Facebook is 13. Set the privacy settings and limit the number of friends, around 20 should be plenty. Be careful about fake IDs. Research shows that one in four of people aged under 18 will arrange to meet someone who they have only met online. This is equally as bad for boys as for girls.
  4. Be respectful online. You should behave online exactly as you do in the real world, the same rules and laws apply. Do not think that you can get away with something online. Respect everyone, whether playing a game, on social networking sites or visiting a website such as You Tube. Also respect boundaries online, particularly age ratings, these are set to protect you from bad and obscene language, violence, gambling, discrimination and other things which can have a deep effect on you in the real world. If you come across something by accident, don’t panic, tell a trusted adult.
  5. Communicate with an adult.  If anything bothers you online, you can report it online, also tell an adult. Protect yourself, be suspicious and accept that there will be more pressures on you as you become a teenager. Peer pressure can be a powerful force and you must make good choices for yourself. Have open and honest conversations with a trusted adult.