Giant Hamster Joins Brookside School!
It sounds exciting, doesn’t it? And there’s a photograph of it, so it must be true… but not everything you read on the Internet is true.
This is because anybody can write anything they want to online. Make sure that you look in books, ask people who might know, and look up at least three other websites to check your information.
Throughout school, children are taught the importance of e-safety with regards to sharing information and communicating online. This includes gaming, social media sites, webcams and mobile phones and other devices connected to the Internet.
Tell a trusted adult if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
Tell an adult you trust if you’re not sure what to do.
Never give out personal information like your password, full name, address or school to people you talk to using email, if you don’t know them in the real world. If anyone you talk to online asks for this information, tell a trusted adult.
Treat people how you would like to be treated yourself. Take responsibility for what you write when using email and never write something that might hurt or upset someone.
Anything you add to your social networking site can be shared, copied or printed so, if you want to put pictures up on your site, think before you do it.
Keep your password safe and don’t share it with anyone except your mum or dad. Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that. Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
Always treat people how you would like to be treated. Be kind and nice when you write anything on the computer so you don’t upset anyone. Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
If you are using sites like ‘Bebo’ or ‘MySpace’ you need to ask a grown up who looks after you if it’s okay. Remember, never reply to a spam email or text message or text message or email from someone you don’t know, as the person who has sent may keep on sending messages to you. The messages may also have viruses in them and this can stop your phone or computer from working.
Never give personal details, including your mobile number, to anyone who you don’t know in the real world. People sometimes lie about who they are to trick people into giving them their mobile number and personal details, like their school and where they live. Remember that people you don’t know in the real world are still strangers.
Instant Messaging – If someone adds you to their contact list and you don’t know them, make sure you block them. This will stop them from seeing when you are logged on, and they won’t be able to contact you. If you add someone and decide afterwards you don’t want them on your list you can delete them too.
Webcam images can be recorded and copied and also shared with other people, so the best thing to do is not use a webcam with people you don’t know in the real world.