With the Internet and the World Wide Web becoming a bigger part of our lives everyday, it's important that we remain safe online. We've put together a list of basic tips that will help you to stay safe online.
Do not give out personal information
Many websites will ask you for personal information. This may be when you're trying to access a page, or even register an account. Be careful about what information you provide to websites. Do not give away personal or sensitive information about yourself, your family, or your friends. This includes full names, addresses, and phone numbers.
Never meet someone who you have met via the Internet
It's very easy for someone on the Internet to pretend to be someone that they are not. Whether it's someone you have met in a chat room, on a social network, or in a forum - you should not meet up with that person.
Do not fill out forms without your parents' permission
Online forms that require you to enter information can sometimes be suspicious. Seek adult advice before filling these out.
Do not open an email from someone you do not know
If you receive an email from someone who you do not know, then do not open it. It may contain a virus.
Do not participate in Cyber Bullying
Cyber Bullying includes talking about an individual (whether it be another pupil, teacher, or parent) in a hurtful way. Bullying can lead to many negative effects on the victim. Police have the power to intervene and punish bullies.
Look out for SSL (https)
When you're purchasing something on a website or providing sensitive information, ensure the website was loaded over a secure connection. You can do this by checking to see if it says https:// in the address bar at the top of your web browser. This encrypts your information to protect it from hackers.
Additional Online Safety Help and Support For Pupils and Parents
Additional Information for Parents
Parental Controls can help support you to protect your children at home when they are using the Internet. The link below gives good advice regarding this.
Anti-Bullying (including Online Bullying)
We take bullying very seriously at Cofton. If you are a child suffering from bullying, speak to a trusted grown up. Below is some advice for our pupils and our parents/carers.
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