Keeping Yourself Safe Online

The internet can be a fun and interesting place, and it can be a great way to stay in touch and look for information on things you’re interested in. It’s important to understand how you can stay safe while you’re online.

In Haughton we follow the SMART rule of online use. But this simply falls down to:

  • Think before you post. Don’t upload anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers to see. You can lose control of your posts – especially if some else screenshots or shares it
  • Don’t share personal details and think about who you’re talking to. You should keep your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private. It’s also a good idea to check what people can see in your privacy settings. They may be able to find out more about you from something as simple as a photograph
  • Watch out for phishing and scams. Phishing is when someone tries to get you to share information with them – like your password. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to share your details, even if you think they may be genuine. Always go straight to the app or directly to the website instead
  • Keep your device secure. Only use websites you know and trust. Use strong passwords. Keep your apps and devices up to date and make sure you log out when you’ve finished using public or shared devices
  • Never share your password or log-in information
  • Cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it. Sometimes viruses can mean people can access your webcam and you may not be aware that you can be seen

If you are worried about your online safety you should speak to Mr A Hinnigan (Assistant Head Teacher). Mr Hinnigan is our E/online safety lead. You can email him on ahinnigan@educationvillage.org.uk

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