St. Ninian’s High School.  E-Safety Information for students.

Guidelines  for students that will help to keep you safe online:

  • Be very careful when you get emails or messages from people who you do not know. If you get unknown messages or emails that you don’t like then don’t keep them to yourself. Tell your parents or a teacher/youth worker.
  • You should not meet anybody who you only know from the Internet or by email. If you want to meet somebody then you must always tell your parents or a teacher/youth worker. People who send you messages on the Internet may not be who they say they are.
  • Remember that everything you do on the Internet leaves a “digital footprint”. If you post a silly picture of yourself or of somebody else on the Internet then it may be copied, changed and sent to other people far beyond your control and for a long time into the future.
  • If you are not sure if something is “unsuitable” for viewing or sharing in your school/youth project then here is some useful advice. If a parent or teacher/youth worker tells you that it is “unsuitable” then you must not view or share it. If any of your friends think that it might be “unsuitable” then you must ask a parent or teacher/youth worker about it.
  • Be very careful about discussing any aspect of the school/college/youth project community on external websites as this may lead to accusations of inappropriate behaviour that could result in you being punished under the terms of this Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Be especially careful when using social networking websites such as Facebook, Bebo and My Space at home (they are not currently allowed in schools) because these websites make it easy for people to pretend to be somebody else. Most social networking sites have age restrictions for example Facebook is set at 13, Bebo, 13 and MySpace 14. You should not access sites if you are under that age restriction. Always set your privacy settings so that only your friends can see your profile and your wall. You should not have teachers as your friends on social networking websites.
  • Reporting abuse. Many websites will show the report abuse symbol that takes you to the Child Exploitation and On-line Protection Centre (CEOP) site. You should familiarise yourself with the symbol and how to access help if you ever feel threatened online.

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