At Port Ellen we are learning all the time about how technology can help us to learn better and be more creative. Part of this learning involves an understanding of the possible dangers that can arise from using the internet, and how to be a responsible digital citizen.
The SMART message helps us remember how to stay safe;
SAFE 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 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 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!
RELIABLE 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 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 Children’s Commissioner has advice on digital use for parents and children based on the NHS 5 a day campaign. The Digital 5 A Day suggest how to manage your online time.
SWAY presentation for parents.
Below are some leaflets from Childnet to help you and your children stay safe online.