Staying safe online
In school, children have access to technology that they use in all areas of the curriculum. This includes, laptops, Chrome Books and iPads. Technology is also a large part of children's lives at home from an early age.
At Hardwick Primary School we start teaching about being safe online from Reception.
It is always good to be cautious while on the Internet. There are people in the cyber world who want to do harm to you or your computer. These are some good tips to keep in mind while you are surfing:
- Be careful about what you put on the web
- It is on there forever and can be used to trace back to you at any time
- Keep track of who you interact with on the internet
- Some people may not be who they seem to be
- Know that privacy is just an illusion
- Even personal information on social networks can be easily recovered by anyone
- Do not open any links in emails or chat rooms that look suspicious or unfamiliar
- Never open any strange files that your computer may have downloaded from an email or a website
Whether it is posting public pictures, social statuses, or personal messages, cyber bullying takes many forms. The most popular cyber bullying tactics are:
- Cyber Stalking
While there are many ways for your identity to get stolen, the easiest way to become a victim of identity theft is by sharing personal information over the Internet. If you are not careful, criminals could steal your identity by finding any of the following:
- Bank details
- Personal identification
Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work. It is considered as academic dishonesty and a breach of ethics. Is subject to sanctions like penalties, suspension, and even exclusion depending on the extent of the breach.
- Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
- Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
- Claiming someone else's work as your own
- Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
- Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
- Having the majority of your work come from a specific source, whether you give credit or not
- Misplacing a citation in your work
Always be careful when downloading files off of the internet and make sure you are downloading files from a trusted source. Viruses must be executed to have any effect on your computer, so there are a couple of file types that have no chance of containing a virus. These files are predominantly sound, image, and text file types.
If you would like to learn more about keeping your child safe online at home, please see the websites below:
To report online abuse or if you are worried about how someone has been communicating online, please visit the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP)
If you have concerns regarding e-safety please follow this link:
Click CEOP to Report Abuse
The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
CEOP Thinkuknow Advice for students, parents and carers and teachers. The latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the NCA's CEOP Command.
The children are taught about e-safety at school and it remains one of our priorities in an ever-changing world. If you would like to continue this education at home then here are some websites for you to view with your child.
National Online Safety
This site has some great resources on the popular social media platforms and some great advice. It's updated regularly with any of the latest issues including Momo.
Internet Safety Tips
Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends...personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number (if they have one) and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it!
- If your child receives spam/junk mail & texts, remind them never to believe them, 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.
Safeguarding Children in Banbury
Safeguarding Children in Banbury has produced this video, brilliantly performed by children from local schools in Banbury. It depicts the different types of bullying and what you should do if you are a victim.