The internet provides endless opportunities for our students to connect with friends, play games, watch films and listen to music, as well as to explore and find out about things that interest them. But it is also important that our young people stay safe whilst doing all these things. The Click Clever, Click Safe campaign helps them to do just that by giving them three things to remember when online:
- Never give out personal information like your full name, address, school or phone number
- Don't arrange to meet people that you have only met online. It may feel like you know them, but that person is still a stranger.
- Do use a nickname rather than your real name when using chat rooms or instant messaging services.
- Don't give out your passwords to anyone - even your friends!
- Block anyone who sends you an offensive message. All popular networking sites have blocking options to deal with unwanted messages - find someone who can help you at home or at school if you are unsure how to do this.
- Delete any suspicious emails and do not open any attachments unless you are 100% sure they are from a trusted source. They could have a virus that could infect your computer, or link you to a website that you wouldn't want to see.
- Do speak to a trusted adult about anything you see online that worries you.
- Don't be afraid to report anything you feel uncomfortable with that has happened online. You can report it directly to the CEOP Safety Centre
Online Safety - Protecting our students from Radicalisation and Extremism
Schools are now required by law to take measures to protect their pupils from radicalisation and extremism. The UK Safer Internet Centre is in the process of discussions with key partners about how they can support schools, parents and carers with this issue and we will share their findings when they are published.
In the meantime, their advice is as follows:
Have an open and ongoing dialogue with your children about what they are doing and who they are speaking to online; and help to build their critical evaluation skills, making sure they know they can turn to you if anything worries them.
Conduct a risk assessment and ensure robust safeguarding policies are in place to identify children at risk, appropriate intervention and the most appropriate referral option.
Work in partnership with their local safeguarding children board.
Conduct staff training to ensure that staff are aware of how to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism, as well as how to challenge extremist ideas and the correct referral procedures.
Review their IT Policy to ensure there are appropriate levels of filtering to avoid exposure in school to online terrorist and extremist material.
Monitoring and enforcement of the above key measures are carried out by Ofsted inspectors as part of their ongoing assessment.
We all have a responsibility to take action to report any concerning content online