Year 5 & 6 Keeping Safe on the Internet – Cyber bullying.
Today years 5 & 6 have had a visit from the Police, PC Fletcher has been speaking with the children about how to keep yourself safe and the dangers of social networking.
It was interesting to see the amount of different social networking sites that the children knew about, and how many use them. Many of the children using more than one, and most not age appropriate.
Social Media sites such as Instagram, Whats App, Oovoo, BBM, twitter, Facebook etc., are all popular and easy to use, giving you the opportunity to talk to others on the internet, creating new friends and leaving messages. Looking at one particular site the minimum age being 13, many pupil are using it, they have looked at making appropriate decisions and who to be-friend. They have looked at the dangers and PC Fletcher has talked to them about incidents he has had to deal with, where children have be-friended others, meeting up with them and then finding that they have used false identifies and are not who they say they are, some with fatal consequences.
Asking children how they can stay safe they have suggested, telling parents about who you talk to , use parent settings, delete friends you don’t really know, and tell someone about inappropriate conversations.
They have looked at profile pages and keeping your identity safe, only posting limited information and keeping your password safe. Strangers have used information to narrow down where you live. They have also looked at how to behave online, just because what you type is not face to face doesn’t mean that it is not racist, homophobic or bullying. Police take this constant harassment very seriously no matter what age. It was discussed that if you can’t say it to someone’s face then don’t post it, type it or text it!