At Hinchliffe Mill we take online safety seriously. We no longer live in a world in which a family has one shared computer in the house, that can easily be monitored by parents, however we recommend that children of primary school age are monitored by an adult whenever they are online.

Social Network Sites have become increasingly popular amongst both the adult population and young people. However, many sites do have age-restriction policies where the minimum acceptable age is 13 years. Any child who sets up or uses such a site and is below the acceptable age is in clear breach of these age-restriction policies and therefore we actively discourage this in our school.

In order to keep children safe on the web we need to teach them to take some responsibility for their own safety, in much the same way previous generations of children were taught to take responsibility for crossing the road safely.

Here are some useful pointers. Why not discuss these with your child to see how many of them they are familiar with?

  • Always ask an adults permission before going online, tell them which websites you plan to use and why. e.g. researching homework
  • Treat your password like your toothbrush – keep it to yourself!
  • Only give your mobile number or personal website address to trusted friends.
  • Block the bully – learn to block or report someone who is behaving badly.
  • Save the evidence – learn how to keep records of offending text messages, pictures or online conversations.
  • Don’t retaliate or reply.
  • Check your profile and make sure it doesn’t include any personal information.
  • Always respect others – be careful what you say online and what images you send.
  • Think before you send – whatever you send can be made public very quickly and could stay online forever.
  • Look out for your friends – and do something if you think they are at risk.
  • Tell your parent, carer or a teacher if something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.