eSafety @ Goffs
'If in doubt, block it out!'
The Internet is an exciting and fun place for our children to use and explore - both educationally and socially. The challenge for parents and carers is to make sure our children are aware and understand how to be safe when using the Internet.
3 Key Rules for Parents:
1. Know what your children are doing online Talk to your children about what they are doing when they are on the computer. Find out who they are talking to so that you can deal with any arising problems early.
2. Be one step ahead put parental controls on your desktop computers and laptops to help prevent your children accessing age inappropriate material.
3. Location, Location, Location Keep, if possible, all computer usage to family areas of the home e.g. living room or kitchen.
Welcome to e-safety for students at Goffs.
Find out how much you really know staying safe online and learn good tips on staying safe when using your mobiles, laptops, iPads etc... Remember, just because it's a virtual world, it doesn't mean it's completely safe!
Find out more:
• First to a Million - watch this video to find out how things can spiral out of control
• Your guide to Internet safety and safe surfing
Advice for Students
1. Don't give out your details on line. This includes your username, email, telephone number, pictures, where you live etc... Anything you give out usually stays on the Internet for a long time and can't be deleted.
2. Don't open emails or messages from people you don't know. If something is too good to be true, it usually is and is best ignored. Spam / junk mail usually contain tricks and lies.
3. Don't open attachments in emails from people you don't know. They could contain viruses that could destroy your hard drive or install software that watches everything you do - spyware. Spyware watches for usernames, passwords, bank login details and more. The attachments could be images or movies for adults, not usually a good thing.
4. People can easily lie and pretend to be someone they are not, don't do and say things that you wouldn't do offline in real life - it could get you into trouble.
5. Don't meet up with strangers you meet online without an adult you can trust.
6. If something happens that you don't like or makes you feel uncomfortable - tell someone - it's never too late.
Numbers to call if you need help:
Childline: 0800 11 11
NSPCC Childline: 116 111 - This number is free from a landline or a mobile
Stop it now!: 0808 1000 900
The Samaritans: 116 123 - This number is free from a landline or a mobile
Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111