Our E-Safety Board helps us understand the different parts of staying say online, which are: Share, Protect, Check and Respect.
Share: This part is about us thinking about what we share online (text messages, voice messages, video, pictures, files) and some of the risks and dangers that come with this. We need to think about who we share things online with and what we share online because once something is put online, it is difficult for us to control who see's it and what they do with it.
Protect: This part is linked with sharing things online. Before we post something online, we're still in control of who gets to see it and when. However, once we put something on the internet, other people can copy it, change it or keep it without us knowing or asking our permission. Another important thing to protect is our personal information (our full name, where we live, where we go to school etc) because people or companies can use this information in ways that we might not have originally agreed to.
Check: The check part is about us understanding that the internet is a powerful tool that allows people to create things that may not be real (such as fake competitions or programs/apps that don't work as they advertise). As well as this, it also allows people to appear on the internet as something that they're not (such as being older or younger than they actually are). As a result, we need to make sure we check people and things that we see online.
Respect: The last part is about making sure that while we're on the internet we need to respect other people and their views. While using different apps and websites, we will sometimes come across people who have very different views to us or they may use rude language. As responsible internet citizens, it's important that we allow people to express their opinion and if they do use language we don't like, we don't respond in a similar way.
Who can help me if I see something on the internet that makes me feel uncomfortable?
Sometimes we comes across people or situations that make us feel uncomfortable while on the internet. If this happens, there are plenty of people and services who can help you deal with this.
Online: Your first stop will be CEOP (which stands for Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) and they are part of the police. They can help you or your parent/carer deal with people or things you see online that make you feel uncomfortable. On the CEOP website you can write a report: https://ceop.police.uk/CEOP-Reporting/. They will then investigate what has happened and take any actions if they need to.
Phone: If you'd like to chat to someone out of school, you can call Childline on 0800 1111. You don't need any credit (money) on your phone and the call won't show up on the phone bill. Once you've called them, you'll be able to have a chat about what you have seen.
In school: Your class teacher or any teacher within the school.
At home: Parent/ Carer.
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