Online Safety

Safer Internet Day 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016 will take place on the 9th February with the theme Play your part for a better internet.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Further information can be obtained by visiting [external link]

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.  It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.  Get involved to play your part!

Ideas for getting involved:

Sign up as a Safer Internet Day Supporter - register online by visiting [external link]

Promote the day on social media using the hashtag #SID2016

Improve and promote the e-safety advice on your site.

Share tips and advice on your website and any other communication routes you have.

Raise awareness among staff about online safety issues and how to respond and make them aware of resources such as [external link] and [external link]

Below are the winning entries in the design a poster competition which took place in 2015 (click on the images for the full sized versions).

Safer Internet Day Winning Posters Page 1 Web Small Pages From Safer Internet Day Winning Posters 2 Web Small

Technology can be a really positive thing, it allows us to share our life experiences with family and friends. It gives us access to the biggest library in the world and connects us with friends no matter where they are in the world. Technology can be used in many positive ways but there are also risks present within the digital world. E-safety is about using information and communication technologies in a safe and responsible way and ensuring the safeguarding of children and young people, ensuring they feel safe when accessing technology. Darlington Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) will support agencies, children and young people and families in recognising the importance of e-Safety and the linkages with Child Sexual Exploitation.

 There are four simple tips that should be used to keep safe on the internet or telephone.

  1. Many people you meet on the internet are strangers and may not always be who they say they are. Just as many children who use Facebook lie about themselves, other users can also lie about who they are. It's important that you only add people you know in the real world as friends and set your social networks to private
  2. Never share personal information online. Websites like Facebook allow users to tell the whole world every intimate detail and there may be occasions when users of other website may ask children and young people to share personal information such as home address, phone numbers, emails, locations and pictures. It's important to remember that this information should only be given to people that you have met in the real world and that you trust. 
  3. Always be nice to others online just like you would in the real world. Every website and service you use will have rules against bullying online and reporting tools are available if someone is being horrible to you. Equally, if you choose to be nasty to others, you can be reported which may result in a loss of service for a period of time.
  4. If you ever feel scared, worried or unsafe when using the internet, it's important that you talk to an adult you trust. This can be parents, your teacher or another member of your family such as an auntie, uncle, even grandparents.

Cyber bullying (online bullying) is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, email, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.  Recent research conducted by the Anti-Bullying Alliance identified that 22% of 11-16 year olds had been victims of cyberbullying at least once. Cyberbullying can take place anywhere, and at any time, including in the victim’s own home.

There are various ways cyber bulling can happen:

  • By stealing your identity
  • By spreading rumours and gossip
  • Threats
  • Blackmail
  • Abusive Comments
  • Instant Messaging
  • Nasty pictures

Ashleigh's rules - please stay safe online and follow some simple rules 

Lots of people love using Facebook, Twitter and chat rooms. There is nothing wrong with chatting to your friends in this way. However, it’s really important that you keep yourself safe, so we asked our students to give us their safeguarding tips: 

  • If ever meeting up with somebody who is alien to you or your friends make sure that you meet them in a group of at least 2-3 and in a public, well lit and populated area
  • Inform somebody of where you are going and what time you should be back, also the name of who you are meeting
  • Don’t accept anyone on social networking sites that you don’t know
  • Remember never to trust anyone who you have met online, you don’t know what they are capable of doing
  • Never tell a stranger on network sites or chat rooms anything personal about yourself, e.g. where you live, date of birth
  • Never meet anyone you don’t know, simple as!

What help is available:

Additional help, support and advice is available from: