Internet Safety Advice for 7 - 11 Year Olds
Personal Safety & The Internet
It is very important to keep information private. If you would not tell the information to a stranger in the street then don’t do it over the internet. Learn how to block unwanted messages and messages from people you don’t know. If you have a profile site make sure you check your profile settings are restricted to only people you know in real life.
Some people who you meet online may not be who they say they are. It is very easy for criminals to lie about who they are when using the internet, so the safest option is not to meet up with people you only know through the internet.
Link here to www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Accessing the internet when out and about
Wireless hotspots in public locations can be targeted by criminals. Consequently, it is important to protect your equipment from hackers. Here are some top tips:
Opt for wireless networks that require a network security key or have some other form of security, such as a certificate. The information sent over these networks is encrypted.
- Make sure your firewall is activated.
- Monitor your access points
- Disable file and printer sharing
- Make your folders private
- Encrypt your files with a password
- Consider completely removing sensitive data from your notebook PC
Mobile Phones & The Internet
- You should never send a photograph or video message to anyone you don’t know in the real world. If you have never met them in the real world then you cannot be sure what they are really like. If someone asks you to send them a picture message and you don’t know who they are, you should tell a trusted adult.
- Sexting – is when someone uses their mobile phone to send an inappropriate text or image to other people. This can be offensive to you or people that receive these images. If a teenager were to have in his / her possession an indecent image of another person uner 18 years of age, they would technically be in possession of an indecent image of a child, which is an offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Cyber bullying is when someone uses the internet or mobiles to deliberately upset someone else. To help combat it you can save texts or print our emails / IM’s / WebPages. This can be used as proof to catch the bully and stop them.
Some Cyber bullying activities may be covered by
- Protection from Harassment Act 1997, which has both criminal and civil provision
- Malicious Communications Act 1988
- Section 43 of the Telecommunications Act 1984
- Communications Act 2003
- Public Order Act 1986
To learn more visit the Think you know website
Sexual abuse is when someone is forcing you to watch or do anything sexual that makes you upset. This can be online or in the real world. If this is happening to you it is important to understand that it is not your fault. No-one has the right to sexually abuse you. If you speak out about it, there are people who care - they will listen to you and help you. To learn more visit the Think you know website.
Where to go to get help:
Internet – Report to CEOP www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Bullying – Childline www.childline.org.uk
0800 1111 (Ask Sam)
Kidscape 08451 205 204
Crimestoppers 0800 555111