Keeping Safe Online

Safer Internet Day – 8th February 2022

Theme: All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online.

From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.

About Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.

Safer Internet Day 2022 was on 8th February and was celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Children learned about the risks of talking to children online and completed a questionnaire to test their knowledge on the risks of using the internet.

Top Tips to Keep Safe Online

E-Safety is an important part of our curriculum as it provides the ability to protect and educate children in their use of technology as well as having appropriate tools in place to support any incident where appropriate.

At Farnham we follow SMART Rules to keep safe online:

S – SAFE: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information to people. This means your full name, home address, home phone number, your school name plus many more.

M – MEETING: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. How do you know that they are who they say they are? You should never meet up with someone you have met online.

A – ACCEPTING: Accepting emails, instant messages like face-chat, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain dangerous viruses. If in doubt delete it and then find a grown up you trust and tell them.

R – RELIABLE: Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are.

T – TELL: Tell your parents/carers or a trusted grown up if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried online. Examples of trusted adults could be your teacher, caretaker, volunteers, office staff or your headteacher.

Staying Safe Online For Children

BBC Online Safety
How to stay safe when you are online and links to lots of useful sites about online safety. 

This site is all about the possible dangers of interactive services like chat, Instant Messaging, email, texting and online games. Find out what the dangers are and how to chat safely. 

A fun place to learn about internet safety. 

Don’t Be In The Dark
Part of Disney’s website. Safe surfing advice for kids, and parents too, presented in a fun way. 

Lots of useful information, games and activities to help you learn and practice your online safety skills. (There are areas for parents and teachers too). 

Simple advice and links to further advice on the Internet Safety Zone. This is part of the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). There are sections for different age groups and for parents and teachers. 

We learn about staying safe online each term in Computing lessons, in some of our PSHEE lessons and in assemblies. 

It is important to stay safe online. Staying safe includes blocking pop up ads and keeping your personal information to yourself. Make sure an adult is supervising you whilst using the internet. If you see something inappropriate (that is not right) tell an adult you know and trust. Do not keep it to yourself. 

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Are you being bullied?

CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying but if you’re being bullied and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online – no worry is too big or too small. Please also tell an adult that you trust, like a parent/carer or teacher.

Digital Leaders

Digital Leaders  are pupils trained to be technology experts and advocates who act as ambassadors and peer mentors for staff and pupils.  They are given the opportunity to develop their technical skills and knowledge within and beyond school, meeting regularly to plan and reflect on the activities they undertake.

Overview of what our Digital Leaders do:

  • Help staff get computing equipment ready and organised (charging laptops and iPads)
  • Deliver and help teachers deliver online safety curriculum to own class and other classes in the school
  • Help produce and deliver assemblies about online safety and acceptable use of equipment, devices and programs (games)
  • Demonstrate how to use technology in the classroom
  • Demonstrate how to use everyday programs (Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Publisher) and easy to use website to other students and staff
  • Demonstrate how to use apps and websites to enhance teaching and learning (Google Classroom & TTRS)
  • Demonstrate how to use AR in the classroom
  • Organise and judge competitions
  • Try out and review new apps, websites and programs which could be used in lessons
  • Help organise Safer Internet Day