Brooke Weston always encourages its students to be sensible when using the web and it is highlighting how they can report online issues they feel uncomfortable with. This comprises a specialist team of police, web-experts, social workers and counsellors who monitor and crack down on unsuitable material and potential offenders.
Their child-friendly website, Think You Know, has help and advice for young people of all ages and contact details for other welfare agencies such as Kidscape or the Samaritans.
CEOP do produce informative videos outlining the potential dangers young web-users face, and they are likely to be used in a series of presentations so students at Brooke Weston are kept up-to-date and aware.
CEOP's guidelines for internet safety are:
- It's best not to give out your personal details to online mates.
- Personal stuff includes your messenger id, email address, mobile number and any pictures of you, your family or friends.
- If you publish a picture or video online – anyone can change it or share it.
- Spam/Junk email & texts: don't believe it, reply to it or use it.
- It's not a good idea to open files that are from people you don't know. You won't know what they contain – it could be a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
- It's easier to get on with people online and say stuff you wouldn't offline.
- Some people lie online.
- It's better to keep online mates online. Don't meet up with any strangers without an adult you trust. Better to be uncool than unsafe!
- It's never too late to tell someone if something makes you feel uncomfortable.
- There are people who can help. Report online child abuse, or find more advice and support.