We use the internet in lots of different ways.
We use the internet to find things out, and to learn new things. Sometimes, we are told where to look for information and sometimes we are asked to find the information ourselves.
When we are online, we need to treat each other like we would face to face. We need to remember this rule if we use other methods of online communicate outside school.
We can also use the internet to have fun. On the internet, we can look at pictures, watch videos, listen to music, and play games.
The internet is a fantastic resource for enquiry, communication and fun. Sometimes, however, the internet can get in the way of these things. We need to remember these simple rules so that our use of the internet isn’t spoiled.
When you’re online, always keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do. Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Don’t share personal information with people online. This includes:
- your full name
- school information
- telephone numbers
- places you like to spend time
When you use chat rooms or instant messenger, use a nickname instead of your real name.
If you need to share personal information with a friend, do it face to face. Don’t share your username or password with other people.
Think about blocking people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments.
Always delete emails from people you don’t know, and don’t open attachments from people you don’t know. They might be nasty or contain a virus that can stop your computer working.
If someone is mean or sends nasty messages online, block them.
When we use the internet in school, we shouldn’t be able to see anything upsetting. If you see anything you think isn’t right, let your teacher know straight away.
If you see anything that upsets you online or if someone asks to meet you, flag it up with someone you trust.
If you see something on our learning platform that upsets you, let your teacher know straight away. They will be able to find the information and deal with the problem.
If you see something on another website, tell a parent or an adult you trust and they can help you. If you want to talk to someone else, you can call Childline on 0800 1111.
If someone you know is being nasty to someone online, speak to a parent or trusted adult about it.
If a friend you have made online asks to meet you in the offline world, talk to your parents or a trusted adult about it. You should never meet up with someone you have met online without an adult going with you because it is dangerous.
If you ever need further advice on Internet Safety, or you have a problem outside school to report, click the CEOP button.