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Top tips for staying safe on the Internet

Schools across the region will today be emphasising the importance of safeguarding children online.

They're taking part in Internet Safety Day, which aims to make sure young people understand how to be safe and happy when they're using the web.

The head teacher of Okehampton Primary School in Devon says it's important that pupils understand the risks.

"I think one of the things with the children is recognising when something doesn't feel safe or comfortable for them.

So if they see an image that they feel isn't right, then they know they need to report that straight away."

– Sarah Godbeer, Head, Okehampton Primary School
  • Children from Okehampton Primary School give their top tips for staying safe when surfing

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  • Top tips for under 11s on Safer Internet Day

The UK Safer Internet Centre has compiled a useful list of advice for primary school children.

  • Keep your personal information safe and check with an adult before you share anything online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and passwords.
  • Never agree to meet up with someone you only know online. No matter how friendly they might seem or how well you think you know them, they are still a stranger. Always tell a trusted adult if someone online asks to meet up.
  • Remember that behind every screen is a real person. Being kind and positive online is just as important as being kind and positive face-to-face.
  • Even when we’re trying really hard to be a good friend online, things can still go wrong. If you ever upset someone online, even if it wasn’t on purpose, then saying sorry is a really powerful and positive action to take.
  • Being online is great – there are so many fun and exciting things to do! But being connected all the time can get a little stressful. If being online is making you feel worried, upset or confused, it’s always worth taking a step back and having a break from your online activities.
  • It’s okay to feel worried or upset by something you see online – just make sure you speak to someone about it! Always tell an adult you trust if you see anything that worries you online.

You can get more advice - including tips for secondary school pupils and parents - from the UK Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day is all about making sure children feel safe and happy on the web. Credit: ITV West Country