Safer internet day falls on the 6th February 2018, encouraging schools and learners alike to look at the possible implications being online can have from a safeguarding perspective. This day is a global awareness event to promote the positive use of digital technology for children and young people, inspiring a national conversation.
The UK Safer Internet Centre run workshops across the country, allowing education professionals to learn how best to support their learners at school in the ever changing world wide web. From using snapchat to privacy settings, these topics are crucial in protecting our students online and it’s important for what we teach our learners about online safety within the curriculum to be echoed back home. Here are some tips to remember:
- Once something is on the internet, it’s there forever.
Making children aware of the implications posting something on the internet can have is essential. Once something is online, it’s there forever. Social media posts can very easily come back to haunt you later in life, affecting college applications or first impressions from potential employers.
- A password should be impossible to guess by anyone but yourself.
When choosing a password for devices and accounts, reminding young people to make it impossible to guess by anyone but themselves is great advice. A strong password will consist of at least 6 characters with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use your username, name, or date of birth!
- The internet can be a dangerous place.
It’s really important that learners are aware not to share personal information such as their name, address and mobile number online, so covering privacy settings with your child can help to protect them from what may pose harm. The internet can be a dangerous place if not used appropriately, but boundaries set in the real world still apply. Only speak to those you trust!
- Parental controls to face your concerns
If you do have concerns, there are plenty of tools out there for adults to prevent potential dangers from occurring online in their home, from internet filters to parental controls. Not only this, but utilising technology for the benefit of your young person. Here at Progress Schools, we use the school zine app to communicate with parents, creating a platform for you to update us too. To download, visit your phones app store and search SZapp and contact your child’s school for a login.
Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to put a spotlight on online safety in our schools. Safeguarding is always on the top of our agenda and we hope that we can continue to educate students in not only academic subjects for a more positive future at their chosen post-16 centre, but also in their personal life too.