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With schools winding down for summer this week we understand that students may be on social media or apps more during their time off, so in this blog post we’re looking at 3 simple tips to keep safe online. The tips are expertly crafted to ensure that you keep safe whilst using apps this summer. Understanding online abuse Understanding online abuse is key to ensuring it’s prevented in the future. Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, with the use of apps or any type of media that has access to the internet. Children and young people encounter “cyber bullying” all the time, with reports saying at least 1 in 4 children are affected. Ensuring that children are well informed of the dangers online is essential to reducing the risk of cyber bullying. Although it may seem impossible to reduce cyber bullying, there are a few steps pupils can take to prevent it from happening. With that said, cyber bullying is still a common problem but it’s important to encourage children to ignore people who may say hurtful things online. Make sure they know how they can block someone or how to make their profile private. Encourage children to speak to an adult they trust if someone is sending them hurtful messages. Keep safe online After understanding different platforms where online abuse can happen it’s important to make sure that you are keeping safe online. You should keep up to date with the latest trends and news in technology. For example, recently a popular app called Pokemon GO launched in the UK. Whilst this is exciting and encourages exercise, it now opens up new opportunities for potentially dangerous situations to arise. Encourage students to be wary of people they don’t know trying to contact them and asking to meet up. Students should tell an adult they trust if this happens to them. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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