The internet can be a fantastic resource for pupils. They can use it for research, revision, homework, communicating with others and much more. They can literally hit a few keys and gain information as far wide as Disney World in Florida to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. However, the internet can also have its downfalls. It is crucial to be aware of what your child sees and hears on the internet, who they meet and what information they share online. Although technology has become integral to young people’s lives, it is important that they know how to stay safe online and make the most of the opportunities that the internet can provide. Whether you’re a pupil, parent or carer, there is lots of information and advice available to help keep you safe online.
Saferinternet.org.uk identifies four key risks of internet use:
Contact: Children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them.
Content: Age inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children or young people.
Conduct: Children may be at risk of their own behaviour for example; by sharing too much information or photos
Commercialism: Young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in Apps, Games and Websites.