Children at Rush Common School make regular use of the internet to aid their learning. We are very conscious of the importance of teaching them how to keep safe, not only in ‘real’ life but also in the digital world. Throughout the year, curriculum time is set aside to teach children about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
S – SAFE: Keep your personal information safe. When chatting or posting online don’t give away things like your full name, password or home address. Remember personal information can be seen in images and videos you share too. Keep them safe to keep yourself safe.
M – MEET: Meeting up with someone you only know online, even a friend of a friend, can be dangerous as this person is still a stranger. If someone you only know online ever asks you to meet up, for personal information or for photos/videos of you then tell an adult straight away and report them together on www.thinkuknow.co.uk
A – ACCEPTING: Think carefully before you click on or open something online (e.g. links, adverts, friend requests, photos) as you never know where they may lead to or they may contain viruses. Do not accept something if you are unsure of who the person is or what they’ve sent you.
R – RELIABLE: You cannot trust everything you see online as some things can be out of date, inaccurate or not entirely true. To find reliable information compare at least three different websites, check in books and talk to someone about what you have found.
T- TELL: Tell a trusted adult if something or someone ever makes you feel upset, worried or confused. This could be if you or someone you know is being bullied online. There are lots of people who will be able to help you, like your teachers, parents and carers or contact Childline – 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk
A range of resources can be found by clicking on the links below:
Think U Know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying and cyber-bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
BBC Stay Safe – Test your Internet safety knowledge with Hacker and help the Horrible Histories gang stay safe online
Net Smartz Kids – Click on the image opposite to visit the Net Smartz Kids website for lots of e-safety activities.
NSPCC – Help keep your children safe online
Childnet International – website to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.
Online Safety Guidance