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Staying Safe Online

The Internet can be a great tool for use in both your studies and in your personal time. However, there are things you can do which will make your experience much more pleasant. Remember, get SMART and stay SMART. Protect yourself and your real friends. Speak out if you are worried.

 

 Online Safety Policy

Sharp Reporting System

The Breck Foundation

Stay 'SMART' Online

SMART - Never give your personal details out to anyone - stay SAFE

MEET - Never MEET with a stranger you talk to on the Internet

ACCEPT - Don’t ACCEPT any email that you do not recognise

RELIABLE - You can never be sure who you are speaking to on the Internet

TELL - an adult IMMEDIATELY if you are worried about something

Advice for Parents/Carers

Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles.

But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.

Understand the risks children may need to deal with:

What they could see or do:

  • Seeing or sharing of violent, sexual and pornographic content
  • Inaccurate or false information and extreme views
  • Promotion of harmful behaviours including self-harm, anorexia and suicide
  • Over-sharing of personal information
  • Actively or unintentionally getting involved in bullying or hurtful behaviour

Who they might meet:

  • People who might bully, intimidate or frighten
  • People posing behind fake profiles for:
    • Mischief-making
    • Sexual grooming and stalking
    • Blackmail and extortion
    • Identity theft and hacking

How this could affect them:

  • Fear of missing out leading to excessive use or exaggeration
  • Getting upset by things they have seen and being uncertain about what to do
  • Engaging, or being pressured into engaging in more risky behaviour either by accident or by design
  • Developing unrealistic, and perhaps depressing ideals of body image and gender
  • Becoming subject to peer pressure or interactions that are intense or too difficult to handle
  • Creating an online reputation that may create problems for them in the future

For more information

You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children at: