We all deserve to be able to use the internet to learn, explore and connect with each other. But all of us need to be aware of the risks involved in doing so, especially on social media. At St. John's we start each new term with an eSAFETY lesson and run workshops for our parents and pupils alike. We work closely with our local TRIAX group to keep staff, parents and pupils alike safe online and up-to-date with the ever changing plethora of devices, apps and software available.
We have compiled the following list of tips to help keep all our children and young adults safe online.
- Don’t share personal information or images with people you don’t know.
- Don’t accept friend requests with someone you don’t know – not everyone online may be who they say they are.
- Set privacy settings on all devices so that only people you know can view your account.
- Don’t post anything online that you are not happy to be shared, particularly nude or nearly nude images or videos. It may seem like a bit of fun with friends at the time but there is always a chance those images could be shared or get into the wrong hands and could lead to harmful situations such as stalking, abuse or blackmail.
- If someone has made you feel uncomfortable or you have had disturbing interaction online, tell police or a trusted adult. You can ring the police on 101 or for help and advice ring Childline on 0800 1111 or Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.