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Online safety reminders can be useful at the start of every school year, especially for those children with a new teacher. Here is an AI (Chat GPT) generated list of tips to revise with the children:

Of course, it’s important to remind children about online safety as they return to school. Here’s a list of reminders that you can share with children under the age of 11 to help them stay safe on the internet:

  1. Never Share Personal Information: Keep your full name, address, phone number, school name, and other personal details private. Only share this information with trusted adults.
  2. Use Strong Passwords: Create strong and unique passwords for your accounts. Use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols to make them hard to guess.
  3. Be Careful with Friends: Only accept friend requests or chat with people you know in real life. People online might not always be who they say they are.
  4. Think Before You Post: Before you share photos, videos, or comments online, think about whether it’s something you’d be comfortable showing your parents or teachers. Once it’s online, it can be hard to remove.
  5. Privacy Settings: Learn how to use privacy settings on apps and websites. This helps you control who can see your information and posts.
  6. Avoid Stranger Chat: Don’t chat with strangers online, even if they seem friendly. Tell a trusted adult if someone you don’t know tries to talk to you.
  7. Report Unwanted Content: If you see anything that makes you uncomfortable or upset online, tell a grown-up you trust and report it to the website or app.
  8. Trust Your Instincts: If something feels weird or wrong online, it probably is. Talk to an adult about it.
  9. Stay Safe in Online Games: Only play online games with friends you know, and never share personal information while gaming.
  10. Check with Adults: Always check with your parents or guardians before downloading anything, like games, apps, or files from the internet.
  11. Be Kind Online: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Don’t post mean or hurtful comments, and stand up to cyberbullying by telling an adult.
  12. Don’t Open Unknown Links: If you get a link from someone you don’t know, don’t click on it. It might be a trick to get your personal information or infect your device with a virus.
  13. Use Safe Websites: Stick to websites you know are safe, especially for research or learning.
  14. Keep Devices Safe: Keep your devices in a common area of your home, like the living room, so adults can easily see what you’re doing online.
  15. Talk to Grown-Ups: If something happens online that confuses you or makes you uncomfortable, talk to a trusted adult about it.
  16. Respect Age Restrictions: Many websites and apps have age restrictions for a reason. Make sure you’re using platforms that are appropriate for your age.
  17. Don’t Overshare: Be mindful about how much information you share, even with friends. Some things are meant to stay private.
  18. Learn About Online Scams: Be aware of scams that might ask for money, personal information, or promise big rewards. Ask an adult if you’re not sure.
  19. Learn and Share Together: It’s important to learn about online safety together with your friends and family, so you can all help each other stay safe.
  20. Ask for Help: If you’re ever unsure about something online or need guidance, don’t hesitate to ask a trusted adult for help.

Again, AI generated, but a really useful set of Online Safety Reminders, an instant starting point that teachers can use as needed.

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Online Safety Reminders