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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Online Safety

 

Keeping Safe Online > e-safety

What is on line safety?

On line safety or e-safety is a term which means not only the internet but other ways in which people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones.  It means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without risk to themselves or others.

The aim of promoting e-safety is to protect young people from the adverse consequences of access or use of electronic media, including from bullying, inappropriate sexualised behaviour or exploitation

Top 3 tips for keeping safe online:

  1. Be careful what you share
    If you wouldn't want your teachers or parents to see it, it's probably best not to post it. Because once it's online, it's out of your control
  2. Don't meet people you don't know
    Even if you get on with them online, you never know who they really are
  3. Use a complex password
    It should be hard for other people to guess your password and it's a good idea to change it regularly.

 

SLSCB supports Zip It, Block It, Flag It – the Click Clever, Click Safe Code for children and young people

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 email 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.

 

Resources

There is a huge range of e-safety advice available on the internet - a few useful links are below:

Tops Tips for Livestreaming safely and responsibly

ThinkUknow - advice for parents and carers – Choose your age group from the list below:

Sexting Advice – If someone asks you to send a photograph of yourself, DON’T! Have a quick look at this Childline website for some useful advice:

ParentPort – Run by the UK’s media regulators. It sets and enforces standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.

Childnet

Get Safe Online

NSPCC Internet Safety

ChildLine online and mobile safety

O2 - Keeping kids safe