At Queenswell Junior School we believe Online Safety is extremely important. We work very hard to support our children in learning about the online world and the possible dangers they may encounter.
Our online safety focus for the second half of the Summer Term 2019 is Be Internet Brave: When in Doubt, Discuss. This unit reinforces to the children that when they come across something confusing, tricky or inappropriate online they need to talk to a trusted adult about it even if it is a difficult or embarrassing topic.
Year 6 will also be preparing for their move to secondary school by revisiting what to do if they, or someone they know, experiences cyberbullying.
The children have all recently completed the Be Internet Alert: Check it's for Real unit about phishing.
Phishing in the online world is when someone tries to steal information like your login or account details in an email, text, or other online communication by pretending to be someone you trust. Phishing is usually done through email, ads, or sites that look similar to sites you already use.
A spear phishing scam is when an attacker targets you more precisely by using pieces of your own personal information. For instance, when a scammer sends you a message that includes your name, email address or other personal information.
Here are the children's top tips to help prevent a phishing attack:
Check the URL has a padlock and https://.
Check if the address is spelt correctly.
Check that the URL and website match.
Are you being asked to click to sign in or can you log in independently?
If you do get caught out by a phishing scam make sure you tell a parent or "TA" (trusted adult) straight away so they can help you.
There have been a number of press reports recently about different apps and websites that are not suitable for children.
We advise that you:
are always aware of the age restrictions on the apps/websites that your children are using and talk to them about what they do online.
setup privacy settings and be aware that when things are posted online they can be copied and shared by others.
block and report users or posts that are worrying or upsetting to the website/app.
Further advice can be found at:
We celebrated Safer Internet Day 2019 on Tuesday 5th February. The theme was: Together for a better internet. During computing lessons over the week of 4/2/19 - 7/2/19 children focussed on Understanding consent in a digital world.
All classes have successfully taken part in their first Be Internet Legends online safety lesson. A selection of pupils across the school were asked for feedback about the lessons and they were very positive.
"We liked working together in groups."
"We learnt more about how to be safe online."
"We can use our BLP skills."
"We did a variety of different activities and learnt from them."
There are also sections on "Ask the experts: your digital dilemmas and Don’t panic! What to do if…"
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If you are worried about online abuse, the way someone has been communicating with someone you know online or child exploitation you can report it to CEOP.
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