SMILE – With the Christmas holidays only a few sleeps away, the computing team thought this would be a good time to recap some e-safety guidance, as no doubt Santa will be bringing many children a range of digital devices.
We thought it would be useful to share with you once again, the acronym, ‘SMILE’, which we use as part of our e-safety learning to help keep our children safe online.
S – Stay Safe
Keep your personal details private, such as full name, phone number, home address, photos or school. Never tell people your name, age or whether you are a boy or girl.
M – Meeting Up
Never arrange to meet an online friend, no matter how well you think you know the other person or however curious you may be.
Only meet up if you have first told your parent or carer and they will be with you.
I – Information Online
Information online can be untrue, their own opinion (not a fact) or just wrong. Someone online may not be telling the truth about who they are – they may not be a ‘friend’.
Chats and message boards are fun, but they can also be dangerous because you don’t know who you’re talking to. Remember stranger danger – you should use the same rules when you’re online.
L – Let An Adult Know
Let a parent, carer, teacher or trusted adult know if you ever feel worried, uncomfortable or frightened about something online or someone you have met or who has contacted you online.
E – Emails Can Be Dangerous
Emails, downloads, IM messages, photos and anything from someone you do not know or trust may contain a virus or unpleasant message. So do not open or reply.
We would like to encourage any parents with a Facebook account to follow ‘EST- E Safety Training’ The page is run by ‘The 2 Johns’ who are both qualified police trainers. They regularly post updates about current threats and tips on how to secure your children’s digital devices to keep them safe.
Safer Internet Day 2019 will take place on Tuesday 5th February with the theme ‘Together for a better internet‘. Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Further details of activities for the day will follow.