The internet is used every day in almost every home, we all know how useful it can be for research, gaming, keeping in touch with friends and even homework. But, as a parent, do you know what your child is researching, who they are playing games with and who their 'online friends are:
Is your child safe online?
A few tips to help keep them safe are:
- Ensure you know who they are speaking to.
- Do they know all their friends 'online' or are they "friends of friends"?
- Do they have internet access all night in their bedrooms - do they need it?
- Emphasise the danger of meeting someone they have only spoken to 'online'.
- Cyber-bullying is increasing - it is easier to type/text nasty things than say them face-to face.
- Know how to report incidents and block unwanted contacts.
These dangers are, unfortunately, all too common. At Rainhill High we take the safety of all our pupils very seriously and plan to actively raise awareness throughout school. "Safer Internet Day" this year is on 5th February. Staff and Pupils will watch films about online dangers and how to report issues. You can also watch these films if you use these external YouTube links, from the official CEOP YouTube page.
Remember the WWW is the WORLD wide web, anyone can see what you post so THINK first before you give any personal information out online. Here’s a video to show just how easy it is for your details to fall into the wrong hands