Internet safety and advice
The internet is part of everyday life for most of us whether at school, work or home. At de Stafford we educate students to be aware of its dangers and to use caution where necessary.
We encourage students to ALWAYS tell an adult if they see something on the internet that concerns them, or if they are approached by someone they do not know by email or on a social networking site.
Parental controls are an important way to keep your child safe online. Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. The good news is parental controls are really easy to set up! For help with parental controls, visit: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/
The list of websites below give parents and students some useful information on Internet safety and the possible hidden dangers to be aware of.
The excellent ParentZone website continually updates information about new apps, games and all things digital so that you don't have to be the expert on everything.
Thinkuknow gives you the latest information on popular sites, mobiles and new technology. It also has a Q&A page and has separate, informal, age appropriate sections.
This website provides information to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying.
UK Safer Internet Centre is where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help young people stay safe on the internet.
This website is aimed at young people and has tips and explanations on many areas including social networking, file sharing and chat websites.
Childnet gives top tips, games and internet safety information for young people, parents and carers to ensure users stay safe online and become responsible users of the internet.
The NSPCC online safety advice page gives information on online safety and has a free phone number for any questions regarding parental controls, privacy settings or advice on social networks.
Social Networking Sites
This link leads to the safety policy for Facebook and tips for staying safe while using the network.
This site provides links to various articles/posts on issues pertaining to Facebook. These topics range from safety strategies to the pros and cons of social networking.
- Set privacy settings to ‘friends only’ to secure that only the people you have allowed to be ‘friends’ with you can see what you are posting
- Be careful if setting your privacy to ‘friends of friends’ as this means any person that is friends with one of your friends can now access all of your photos and posts etc.
- After updating the app when using it on your mobile phone, check your privacy settings again as updating an app can reset all of these settings
- Only accept people you are confident that you know so that strangers cannot access your private information
- Make sure what you are posting is appropriate
- If you receive any unwanted feed, report it if you find it inappropriate or offensive
This site provides tips for teens and parents/carers including privacy settings, sharing and bullying and harassment.
- Go to your account settings and select security and privacy
- Make sure you have a secure password to ensure that nobody other than yourself can access your account
- So that only you and your chosen followers can view your Tweets, select ‘protect my tweets’ from the drop down menu in the privacy settings.
Did you give your son/daughter a mobile phone to ‘keep them safe’?
Young people and teens are often more clued up and savvy with regard to social media and the use of apps than their parents.
Please do be aware of the dangers associated with the following apps and use sites such as https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ and https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ to keep up-to-date with the latest apps that are trending at an ever-growing pace.