Staying safe online

If you are concerned about your child's safety online, we are here to help.  The answer is not as straightforward as flicking a switch so do not hesitate to contact Mr Esteve at d.esteve@redhillhighschool.co.uk to organise a chat and to help you keep your child safe online.

In the meantime, here are the best top tips:

  1. Talk to your child about the importance of their reputation.  Discuss their identity: who decides the kind of person they are?  Themselves or others around them?  Introduce the concept of considering the importance of managing their digital footprints by 

    1. entering their name into several search engines;

    2. double-checking their privacy settings (but don't trust these settings);

    3. creating strong, memorable passwords;

    4. keeping all their software up to date;

    5. reviewing their mobile use: don't need it? Delete it.;

    6. building their reputation through their behaviour.

  2. ‘Think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.

  3. Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.

  4. Don’t give in to pressure: if you lose your inhibitions you've lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.

  5. Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.

  6. Acknowledge your sources: use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.