At Throston Primary School we believe teaching your children how to use the Internet safely is just as important as teaching them how to cross the road using the 'Green Cross Code'. So when your youngsters are online, whether alone or with you by their side, it’s crucial to explain to them why they should stick to the 'Click Clever, Click Safe!' code. Launched in 2010 for Safer Internet Day, the code features three simple and memorable actions to remember. All the children at Throston Primary School are reminded of this code on a regular basis:
ZIP IT means keeping their personal stuff private and thinking about what they say or do online.
BLOCK IT reminds them to block people who send them nasty messages and not to open any links and attachments they receive by e-mail or through social networks if they’re not 100 per cent sure they’re safe.
FLAG IT is the final piece of advice. It stands for flagging up to a parent, guardian, teacher or someone in authority anything that upsets them while they are online or if someone asks them to meet up in the real world.
Following these three simple statements will not only keep your child safe, it will also help ensure your computer is safe from viruses, spam and malware that could steal your identity, money from your bank account or delete precious photos and videos stored on your hard drive.
Teach Your Children the Following:
1) Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, e-mail address or mobile number.
2) Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3) Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
4) Never give out your passwords.
5) Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
6) Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
7) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
9) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
10) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.