The Internet is a massive and fantastic resource for lots of things…education, general information, entertainment, shopping, news, social networking and gaming to name a few, but, just as with anything else there are a few things that you need to be aware of that can affect you online and you need to know that just as in normal life, it is important to conduct yourself properly and that there are some things that you should steer clear of. You also need to know what to do if you have any problems or in case anything happens that you feel uneasy about.
A useful e-Safety resource is the CEOP website ThinkUKnow.
Here is the link: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_16/
Here you can:
Educate yourself regarding issues around the use of your Internet enabled devices. Get hints and tips about how to use your Computer, Smartphone, Gaming Consoles, Tablets and what things to look out for that mean trouble.
You can also find out what to do if you are not happy about anything that has happened to you. However, you should also consider talking to your parents or to Mrs Gilroy or Mrs James in school.
Find out how to conduct yourself in a positive way on the Internet.
Find out how not to leave a bad digital footprint and leave a negative impression of yourself all over the internet for everyone to see later. Not caring about what you text or anything you say or share online, particularly pictures and video, can easily come back to go against you later in life. Many potential employers will try to search your online history and try to form an impression of what you are like as a person.
You must realise that there are consequences to almost everything you do online. Everything you say and do is traceable for a long time, therefore you absolutely must respect and treat others with the same respect and treatment you would expect them to give you. Pretend you are face to face with people even if you are not and do not disrespect one person to someone else and expect them not to find out about it. It all usually ends in tears or a big fall out. You must take a much more mature and sensible approach to communicating online and always think twice or three times before pressing “Send” and especially before uploading and sharing any picture of yourself or anyone else.
Always bear in mind that people who you do not know and who you have never seen can easily pretend not to be themselves online. In chat rooms and during online games lots of people pretend that they are someone else. The majority of people online are probably harmless, but this disguises people who may have bad reasons to do that and they will pretend to be someone else to try to make friends with you. If you are at all worried that you are in this situation, or if you feel uneasy about any issue regarding using the Internet or other social media then you must tell a responsible adult about it. See the section above.
Take all the right precautions and enjoy your online time. You just have to be a little cautious and be careful to act responsibly. Educate yourself about the risks so that you can avoid them. More e-Safety information is available on this website by looking under the ‘Parents’ tab.
Click to view the Wakefield Youth Work Team website, this page contains information relating to Wakefield youth service.
Stop Terrorists’ & Extremist’s’ Online Presence- a UK police and partners initiative to help prevent people getting drawn into violent extremism and terrorism.
Kooth online – is a counselling service commissioned by the local authority for young people. This can be accessed on evenings and weekends.
Mind – advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health issue. Mind aim to empower anyone experiencing a mental health program. They offer support and advice to all age groups.
Barnardo’s is a charity that supports vulnerable young people .Barnardo’s offer a range of support services in which can be accessed through there site . As examples they have support services for looked after children, children suffering from abuse, neglect and child sexual exploitation. School can refer pupils to the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) support service .
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything -no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.
NSPCC – If you are an adult who is worried about a child contact 0808 8005000. If you are a child that needs advice please call 08011 111.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (kcsie) 2016 – This document is from the Department for Education. All schools and colleagues must follow this document in order to keep children safe.
Worried About a Child? – NSPCC have released this document as a need-to-know guide regarding child abuse.
Talk to Frank – Young people and parents’ drugs advice website and telephone support.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Pace is the leading national charity working with parents and carers of sexually exploited children. For confidential help and advice, call Pace on 0113 240 5226
CEOP helps to keep children and young people safe online. CEOP helps thousands of children and young people experiencing exploitation. A simple confidential report can be created on the website to seek the help you may need, either if you are trying to support someone else or yourself.
Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. We offer services to various communities including men who have sex with men, BME people, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGB&T* young people and adults.
All of our offices provide:
Leeds Contact: Tel: 0113 244 4209
Wakefield Contact: Tel: 01924 211116
You should contact Social Care Direct first if you or someone you know appears to need adult social care services in Wakefield. Telephone: 03458 503 503.
The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education. It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, company number 8253770, whose registered office is at The Zucchi Suite, Nostell Business Estate, Nostell, Wakefield, WF4 1AB.