Online Safety

The Digital Ambassadors' Online Safety Guide

The Digital Abassadors' Tips: Make sure you are playing age related games; Use appropriate websites and apps; Tell a trustworthy adult if you think anything is unusual; Only communicate with people you know; Always ask an adult to create any accounts for you

Games

Age Ratings

Many games are meant to be played by teenagers or even adults. The age ratings are there to keep you safe from swearing, violence or scary stuff.

Keeping Your Information Private

Some games let you chat to people you don't know and let strangers ask to be your friend. Be careful when you talk to or make friends with people you don’t know. Do not tell them any private information about yourself such as your school or where you live. Some people will pretend to be nice to make friends and they might not be who they say they are. NEVER arrange to meet anyone you met on the internet.

Ask Permission

Ask your mum or dad before you sign up to a new game. They can make sure the game is okay to play and that you sign up safely. It is best to use a nickname when you sign up.

Stay In Control

Remember it is just a game! Games should be fun but it is easy to get carried away. Don't be mean to anyone if they are not as good as you and try not to worry if you are getting stuck.

In-App Purchases

Some games are designed to make you spend real money to help you in the game. It is easy to accidentally spend lots of money. Ask your mum and dad to help you turn off in-app purchases.

Phones

Security

If you use a mobile phone it is a good idea to turn on the security settings to help keep your personal information safe.

Think Before You Send

Social Media

Age Limits

Most social networking sites are meant for people over the age of 13. This age limit is there to keep younger people safe and because you are unable to accept the terms of use below that age. By using social networks under the age limit you are breaking the terms of the agreement and putting yourself at risk of seeing things inappropriate for your age. You may also be allowing strangers to contact you and see photos and information about you. Some social networks also collect and sell your information to other companies.

Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is when people use technology to send nasty and upsetting messages to others with the intention of hurting their feelings. Cyber bullying is particularly upsetting because the bully can get in touch with you even when you are at home.

What To Do

Bullies want you to feel bad or ashamed but bullying is never your fault and it can be stopped.

Searching

Sometimes, when you are searching the internet, you might get something you don’t want to see. Here are some tips to help you find what you are looking for.

Safe Searching

Get someone to help you turn on Safe Search in Google or whichever search engine you are using. This is very important when you are searching for images. Your parents might also be able to use a filter on your internet connection.

Search Carefully

Be careful what you search for and try to type in exactly what you want. Use more than one word to describe what you are looking for and type 'for kids' or 'for KS2' as part of your search. Also, be careful with your spelling. If you spell a word wrong you might get something you didn’t want.

Fake Information

Remember that not everything you read is true. Some websites do not have accurate information and others are made to deliberately trick you. Use websites you have heard of such as the BBC and check facts with more than one website.

Tell Someone

If you do see something that upsets you turn off the screen or close the laptop lid and tell an adult straight away.

Meet The Digital Ambassadors

Bowmandale's Digital Ambassadors are a group of Year 5 and 6 children who help the adults in school keep everyone safe online. They meet regularly with Miss Brewster, Mr Towers, Mrs Dunstan and the governors to plan events and share their knowledge and expertise.

The Digital Ambassadors for 2018-2019 are:

Connie
Jason
Alex
Oscar
Hanna
Violet

Useful Links

The websites below give you all the information you need to stay safe online. They cover a range of topics including cyber bullying, social networking, games, chat and more. Some sites let you report something that upsets or frightens you online.

Think U Know

ThinkUKnow

The Think U Know website has lots of information about keeping you safe on the internet and tells you who to talk to if you are worried about something online.

It has sections for:

5 to 7 year olds
8 to 10 year olds
11 to 13 year olds

Digizen

Digizen

The Digizen website provides information for young people, carers, parents and schools to help them become better digital citizens. It has particular information on cyber bullying and social networking.

Digizen

UK Safer Internet Centre

UK Safer Internet

The UK Safer Internet Centre has tips and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

Safer Internet info for 3-11 year olds

Childnet International

Childnet International

Childnet International helps make the internet a great and safe place for children.

Childnet for Primary aged children

Acceptable Use Policy

At Bowmandale all pupils, teachers, teaching assistants, governors and helpers have to agree to use computers, mobile devices and the internet in an acceptable way. This agreement covers the rules everyone must follow when they use school equipment, go on the internet, use social networking and take photos and videos. It also says what we all must do to keep each other safe. Staying safe is everyone's responsibility!

Acceptable Use Policy for Foundation and KS1

Acceptable Use Policy for KS2

Acceptable Use Policy for Staff and Governors

Speak to Someone

At School

If you want to speak to someone at school about a problem you can speak to Mrs Dunstan, Mr Towers, Miss Brewster, Mrs Joy or any other member of staff you like.

Childline

If you feel you can't talk to an adult you know you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or live chat to a counsellor at www.childline.org.uk/get-support/

CEOP

You can report online abuse and inappropriate communication to CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/

Download our Guide

The Digital Abassadors' Online Safety Guide

Download our guide

Information from the following websites were used to create our guide: safetynetkids.org, thinkuknow.co.uk, internetmatters.org & www.kidsmart.org.uk./childnet.com