Do you like chatting with your friends on your mobile phone, communicating by email or searching for information on the internet? Yes? Then have a look below to see how you can use ICT safely, where you stay in control and you know how to get yourself out of a situation that might be dangerous or make you feel uncomfortable.
- Do not walk along texting – lots of people have been involved in accidents doing this
- Do not flash your phone about or brag about it, you could get mugged for it
- Think about who you give your number to – remember, you don’t know where it might end up
- If you take photos or films of your friends and want to share them or put them on-line, check with them first because once things are on the internet they can not be removed easily and this could be a very big problem for you
- Keep control of your own image too – once your picture is online, it can be copied, changed and shared without you even knowing
- If you receive an annoying, nasty or rude text, don’t reply to it, but keep it and show an adult. If it is from another pupil, staff at school will get involved
- If you need to bring a phone to school then it must be given in every morning and we take no responsibility for lost or stolen phones.
Social network sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, Bebo etc)
- No Cheadle Heath Primary pupil should have a social networking account as this would involve lying about your age. Using a social network site under age can be extremely dangerous.
Chatrooms on ‘safe sites’ such as Club Penguin
- Only ever create an account with permission from your parents
- Create a username that is easy to remember but isn’t your real full name
- Only link with real-life friends you know
- Look out for your friends online and let them and an adult know if you think they are at risk
- Parents need to check your conversations and set your level of chat until you have proved you have good awareness and safety
- You should only have an email account with permission from an adult
- Think about who you give your email address to as you don’t know where it might end up
- Never open emails from people you do not know
- If you receive an annoying, nasty or rude mail, don’t reply to it, but do keep it to show an adult at home and then at school so it can be properly dealt with
- Keep passwords private to yourself and your parents