Tel: 01727 849700
Etna Road St Albans AL3 5NL
Headteacher: Keith Smithard MA Ed.
SENCo: Ruth Clinton
Staying Safe Online
The internet it can be a great way to find out information, play games and stay in touch with your friends. At Aboyne Lodge we understand the importance and the value of digital technology but it’s also that children, parents and staff need to understand how to stay safe online.
At Aboyne, online safety is woven into both our PSHE and Computing curriculum, with teachers regularly taking opportunities to remind children how to stay safe and increase their awareness of the potential dangers.
Here you can find our information that will help at home:
Sometimes people will attempt to trick you into clicking links to dangerous or inappropriate sites or try to get you to share things about yourself. Are other times, something you’ve shared could be used by others to bully or frighten you.
If you have any worries or concerns, it is really important that you speak to your parents or us at school. Make sure that they know when you are online and what you are doing.
Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to prevent this from happening and keep you safe online: Childline have a list of things that you can do to keep you safe when you are online:
Think before you post
Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
Don’t share personal details
Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings. Remember that people can use small clues like a school logo in a photo to find out a lot about you.
Watch out for phishing and scams
Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they’re from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you’re asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead.
Think about who you’re talking to
There are lots of ways that people try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, never share personal information with them like your address, full name, or where you go to school. Find out more about grooming.
Keep your device secure
Make sure that you’re keeping your information and device secure.
Never give out your password
You should never give out your password or log-in information. Make sure you pick strong, easy to remember passwords.
Cover your webcam
Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it.
Source: Childline 2022, Staying Safe Online, Childline, viewed Friday 14th January 2022 https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/staying-safe-online/
Childline also offer free advice for children who need support. They can call them any time on 0800 1111
There are lots of organisations who have excellent information, help and advice for you. Please follow the following links:
Here is a really useful link for information about films, games and TV. This especially useful if you want to know if a film is appropriate for your children and what the content actually is.