Welcome to the Online Safety Zone
At Springwood Primary School we believe that the teaching and learning of Online Safety and Digital Citizenship is vital to developing independence and keeping our children safe online. E-safety (the safe use of the internet and technology) is an essential part of our curriculum and our children are taught how to use technology sensibly and responsibly. If you have any concerns about online behaviour or Online Safety, please contact the school.
November's Top Tip: Don't give a fraudster a Christmas or Black Friday Treat
- Check the website you are using is authentic- ideally type the website address in rather than clicking on links.
- When you are paying make sure the page is secure by checking the URL address begins with 'https' and there's a closed padlock in the address bar.
- Be fraud aware- don't pay for anything by transferring money to companies and individuals you don't know.
- Log out of the web page or the app when payment is complete
- Remember to read the small print carefully especially when signing up for free trials to avoid signing up for large monthly direct debits.
- Try to check whether someone is authentic to avoid by counterfeit goods which breach copyright laws.
- Christmas is a favourite time for scammers and fraudsters to send messages and emails- remember not to click on unknown links. (Tips from www.getsafeonline.com)
October's Top Tip- Protect against Identity Theft:
- Never share account details or information you use to prove your identity.
- Think about what you share on social media for example dates of birth, family and pet names.
- Never reveal private information in response to an email, text, letter or call- always try to contact the company or individual first to check.
- Install the latest software and operating systems.
- Make sure all your passwords are safe and strong (check out September's top tip)
- Don't connect to public wifi spots when doing anything confidential online.
- Always be aware of who is watching behind your back when you enter private information into a device, computer or ATM
- Arrange for paperless bills and statements
- Check your bank accounts regularly.
September's Top Tip: Passwords
Passwords should be easy to remember but hard to guess. Follow these top tips to create a secure Password.
- The best passwords should be 12-16 characters long
- Don't include any personal information such as your name, D.O.B or age
- Use a combination of digits, characters and punctuation marks
- Don't use a password more than once- different accounts need different passwords
In school we use the SMART rules to teach children about how to stay safe online. Have a read through the SMART rules to help remind children at home too!