E-Safety Information and Advice

The Internet is a great place to connect with people, be creative and discover new things. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has an important role to play in the lives of young people and as ICT is being used more frequently, it is important to raise the issue of E-safety and promote safe and responsible usage of ICT in schools and at home. E-Safety is a national issue and we all must aim to ensure that the Internet is used in a safe manner. In addition to this, being aware of privacy settings, filters and safe usage of social networking sites will enable young people to feel protected online.

Did You Know?

  • Girls are twice as likely to experience persistent cyber bullying than boys.
  • 38% of young people have been affected by cyber bullying.
  • Abusive emails (26%) and text messages (24%) are the most common methods of cyber bullying.
  • 35% of children aged 5-15 years old who use the Internet at home have an active social networking site profile. This breaks down by age as: 1% of 5-7 year olds, 18% of 8-11 year olds and 67% of 12-15 year olds.
  • 12-15 year olds spent as much time using the internet as watching television.
  • 12-15 year olds have an average of 272 social networking friends.
  • 43% of parents whose children used the Internet at home had parental controls installed on the PC/laptop/netbook.

LAtest advice

MONEY MULING

What is a Money Mule? A money mule is someone who transfers criminal money through their own bank account on behalf of someone else, they may be paid for doing so. Criminals use money mules to launder the profits of their crimes. This is money laundering.

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Top tips for students

  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  • Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
  • Never give out your passwords
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
  • Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

Top Tips for Parents

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest.
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online.
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.

useful Websites

useful Phone Numbers

  • Childline – 0800 1111
  • StopitNow – 0800 1000900
  • NSPCC - 0808 800 5000

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