Technology is getting smarter every day and most of the time, that’s fantastic!
But sometimes, the internet can be dangerous. In a world where you can connect, chat or snap almost anyone, how can you know who you are talking to?
Here are some top tips to follow to be safer on the internet:
Make sure all your social media accounts are private, and only put a limited amount of information about yourself on your profiles. Don’t make it too easy for strangers to find out details about you just by looking at your profile!
Obvious, but worth repeating: never give your password out to anyone. You never know who they’ll share it with.
Don’t Over Share
Think about what you shouldn’t post online – do you need to tell everyone everything about your life? If you wouldn’t tell them in person, don’t post it on the internet. Your daily routine shouldn’t be easy to work out from a quick glance on Facebook. Remember that less is more.
Know your ‘Friends’
When you have a friend request on a social media site don’t just accept it.
Make sure you know who the person is, and decide if you want to share your life with them. When you add someone, you are giving them access to your posts, photos, check ins and updates. You wouldn’t let a stranger into your home, so why would you add them as a friend?
Monitor who your children are talking to online. Encourage them to tell you if they ever feel unsafe online and let them know that they can tell you about it.
What can you do to find out more?
At Apollo Teaching Services, we offer our schools a FREE ‘Bullying and Cyber Awareness’ session that covers online bullying, the effects it can have on both victims and perpetrators and the laws surrounding online bullying. Led by Sally Phillips, a former police officer and mother, the session is engaging and informative. The session is full of interactive and scenario-based practical activities that will genuinely improve their outlook on real worl bullying and bullying in an online world. For more information and to book this session for your students please check out the session page on our training site.
Hwb offers Safer Internet Day resources for schools here.
Of course, you can also visit the Safer Internet Day site.