Follow these tips to stay safe online:
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!
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.
If there is no one at home you want to talk to about a problem, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111 to talk to someone who can help.
You can also make a report on the Think U Know website.
Bowmandale's Digital Ambassadors meet with Miss Brewster and Mr Towers to talk about online safety, plan online safety events and contribute to the school's online safety plans. They meet regularly and they will keep you up to date with what they are working on.
You can download the minutes of Digital Ambassadors' meetings below.
Ancholme House presented an assembly to the whole school about online safety. They showed us a video about staying safe while playing online games. We learnt that people we talk to in games might not be who we imagine they are and not to share our information with people who ask personal questions. They finished the assembly with being SMART which stands for:
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you're chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it's best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
The SMART rules come from www.childnet.com.
When Mr Martin came on Safer Internet Day, he worked with the year 3 and 4 classes to develop online safety posters. Last week Mr Martin came back to meet with Miss Brewster and Mr Towers and he picked his three winners. The winners each recieved a prize - a kit to build either a robot alarm clock or a car. Well done to the winners and to all the children who took part. You can see their posters below.
On Safer Internet Day this year, we invited an online safety expert, Mr Martin, to come to speak to our Key Stage 2 pupils about social media. Although the age limit for all social media services is 13, our pupil surveys show that lots of pupils are already using social media. Mr Martin reminded everyone of the age limit and shared some very improtant information about what happens to your data online as well as some of the other risks.
We also used the day to ask all pupils to sign a new acceptable use agreement and take part in our online safety survey, the results of which will be published soon. Some classes designed online safety posters and Mr Martin will be back in the future to choose the winners.
On the last day of school before Christmas, Bowmandale received a visit from a very special visitor: E-safety Santa! Santa talked to all the children about staying safe on the internet and particularly on the new games and devices they might get for Christmas. He told everyone about the age ratings on social media and games.
This year for Safer Internet Day, we took part is a series of activities to raise awareness about E-safety. Miss Brewster asked everyone to design online safety posters to promote online safety in school. All the teachers chose the best posters from their class, then Miss Brewster and Mr Towers chose the final winners.
The Key Stage 1 winner was Freddie and the runner up was Connie. Key Stage 2's winner was Richanne and the runner up was Tyra-Jo. All the winners and runners up were presented with a certificate and the winners also received a book token.
Some classes watched a video about thinking carefully about things they see and do online and to try to 'see the bigger picture'. There was also an opportunity for some classes to do the Hour of Code.
As part of Safer Internet Day, we ask all Key Stage 2 pupils about about their internet use, cyber bullying and reporting. The teachers use the information we collect to help plan lessons and help keep everyone safe. You can download the 2017 survey below.
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.
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:
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.
The UK Safer Internet Centre has tips and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Childnet International helps make the internet a great and safe place for children.