Ten Tips to Keep Students Safe Online
Technology is a great thing, constantly expanding to new levels and bringing some magnificent breakthroughs to today’s society. However, not everything is as it may seem on the internet, especially to students and young children, it’s possible that a few mistakes could leave a vulnerable child in danger.
As a teacher it’s important that the safety of your students comes first, and students need to know how to use the internet while staying safe and secure online. Sometimes it can be difficult for children, especially younger ones to comprehend or understand how vast the internet is and what dangers it can contain.
Here at eduWebsites we understand the importance of internet safety and have compiled some of the most important factors into ten tips to keep pupils and young people safe online:
Never publish personal information online – this includes home address, email address, passwords, school address, phone number and even their names. Encourage pupils to create a nickname online to protect their identity.
Never befriend strangers – pupils should be warned that not everyone online is who they say they are and that meeting strangers from the internet can be dangerous. They should always tell a trusted adult if someone asks to meet up.
Adjust privacy settings – it’s important that information is kept private, especially for children. Advise your pupils to adjust privacy settings on websites such as Facebook or Twitter so that only approved friends, who they know in person, can see their information and pictures.
Think before posting pictures and videos – remind pupils that once an image or video is online it can be downloaded and shared, so it’s important that it’s inoffensive and doesn’t provide any personal information or clues as to where they live and go to school.
Don’t webcall, facetime or send pictures to strangers – in some cases children might be coaxed into webcamming with strangers over the internet, this should be strongly avoided to keep the pupil safe from upset or harm. Pictures should never be sent to strangers as they can be copied and shared and there is simply no telling what intent the stranger has.
Respect others – Let pupils know that the internet is a place for everyone and that everyone is entitled to their own point of view. If they don’t agree with what someone has said, they should still respect their point of view. If they are offended by what has been said, remind students to report or block the user.
Viewing pictures online – Remind pupils that whilst some things might be cute or funny on the internet, there is a fair share or upsetting or hurtful images that can offend. It’s important that children know not to retaliate to offensive pictures, but to instead report them or tell a trusted adult.
Block the bully – If there is any case of someone being nasty or hurtful towards a pupil online either publicly or privately, let the pupil know that the best thing to do is not to retaliate. Instead block or report the user and let a trusted adult know what has happened.
Delete old accounts – If pupils have made multiple accounts or no longer use old ones, they should delete old accounts so that their personal information or pictures are no longer viewable.
Hurtful content – If pupils have seen something that has really offended, hurt, upset or worried them, they should leave the website and make a trusted adult aware of the content.