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At Bourne School, we have good systems in place to make sure that children stay safe online and are not exposed to unsuitable content on computers. Whilst the internet is a fantastic resource which can help children learn, socialise and play, it is important for us all to be vigilant.
The main dangers associated with children’s use of the internet are:
Safety advice to discuss with your children – be SMART:
S - Staying safe involves being careful and not giving out your name, address, mobile, school name or password to people on line.
M - Meeting someone you meet in cyberspace can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents or carers permission and then when they are present.
A - Accepting e-mails or opening files from people you don't really know or trust can get you into trouble - they may contain viruses or nasty messages
R - Remember someone online may be lying and not be who he or she says they are. If you feel uncomfortable when chatting or messaging end the conversation.
T - Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.
Safety advice for parents:
Online activities that are NOT safe.
Online Activities that are ‘safer’.
Any website where children can send and receive messages. For example, Bebo, MySpace and Facebook (these have a minimum age requirement of 13 to 14). Some chat rooms are monitored by an adult for inappropriate content, but it is impossible to know who you are really talking to.
|Our learning platform or MSN Messenger (But do check to see who is in your child’s address book and ask who they chat to.)|
Any online game! Your child may appear to be playing a harmless game, but many have chat facilities incorporated into them, or they may contain violent or inappropriate content, inappropriate pop-up adverts or links to other inappropriate sites.
Ask your child to show you the game and explore the site thoroughly yourself if you’re not sure.
Try games from our websites pages. These include great games from Lego, Cartoon Network, BBC and other trusted sites.
Please note, whilst every effort has been made to check these sites, Bourne School accepts no responsibility for their content.
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We recommend that you have a look at the websites below. They give good advice and some even contain games!