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Year 6 children discuss Internet Safety during their visit to  "Crucial Crew"


Topics include "cyber-bullying" and "positive online friendships"

USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES


Click on the red poster below to visit the ChildNet International site, where you can download  a pdf version. The site also contains many useful resources...


Online Safety - Tips and resources


Online guides to popular games and apps - Keeping your child safe site from the NSPCC -Very useful!


"Net Aware" guides to social networks - designed for parents.

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ST. GERARD'S E-SAFETEY


INFORMATION FOR PUPILS...


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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS...


The following advice was taken from the "Crucial Crew" website. Click on the logo on the left to visit the complete site.


The following advice should help you and your family keep safe online.


Protect your PC

 

  • Source a good anti-virus/anti-spyware software and a firewall.
  • Block spam emails.
  • Keep your computer up-to-date i.e. download updates regularly.
  • Beware of bogus emails and attachments – don’t open emails from people you don’t know.
  • Regularly back-up your information on discs or an external hard drive.
  • Secure your Wi-Fi using the encryption option. Choose strong passwords, which use a mixture of numbers, upper-case and lowercase letters and symbols. Don’t pick obvious passwords e.g. birthdays or names and make sure you use different passwords for different sites.

 

Social Networking

 

  • Set security levels so that just your friends can view your profile.
  • Pick a username that doesn’t include your real name.
  • Be very cautious about posting identifying information about yourself or your family e.g. your address, phone number or mothers maiden name, pets name or date of birth that could be used to identify your security passwords.
  • Remember what goes online stays online. Don’t say or publish anything that you may regret later.
  • Don’t arrange to meet someone that you have only met online – someone people lie online and may not be who they say they are.
  • If someone contacts you with weird or nasty messages, don’t reply to them. Save the messages and contact the site administrator.
  • See the helpful "Social Network" guides that are linked to on the left of this page.

 

Online Finance and Shopping

 

  • When shopping online always use common sense – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Use secure websites. Look for “https://” and the padlock image to show that the site is secure.
  • Use a secure payment option such as PayPal or a dedicated or pre-pay credit card for all online purchases.
  • Remember banks and financial institutions do not send emails asking you to verify your bank details by clicking on a link. You can always call your bank using the phone number on a genuine piece of correspondence.

 

 

Making sure your Children are Safe Online

 

  • Get to know your child’s online habits. They will look to explore the Internet as much as they do the real world. Knowing the sites they go to, the people they speak to and what they do will help to keep them safe.
  • Stay alert to any sudden changes in mood or appearance or to any major change in habits or to increased secretiveness.
  • Talk to your child about the things they do online, especially if they are spending a lot of time online.
  • Make children aware that there are things on the Internet which may distress them.
  • Spend some time surfing the Internet yourself. The more that you know about the Internet, the more able you will be to help your child navigate around it without coming to any harm.
  • Install Internet-filtering software showing a Child Safety Online Kitemark on your computer.

 

Headteacher: Mrs. B. Baxter (Currently on Maternity Leave)  - Acting Head of School: Mrs. D. Hudson

 

St. Gerard's Catholic Primary School, Park Nook, Doncaster Road, Thrybergh, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S65 4AE

Telephone: 01709 850568

Fax: 01709 855948

Email: stgerardsprimary@rotherham.school

Twitter: @StGerards1928