We believe that as students of Helston Community College, you need the knowledge, skills and tools to understand and harness the power of the Internet.
When you use the Internet in school, you and your parents can be assured that through our security and filtering technologies, your browsing will be safe and secure. However, when you are browsing the Internet at home, things may not be as safe and secure.
Make sure you know the SMART rules:
S - SAFE: To keep safe online, don't give out your personal information - full name, email address, phone number, home address or school.
M - MEETING: Meeting someone you have met online can be dangerous. Only meet if your parents or carers agree and they can be with you.
A - ACCEPTING: Accepting emails and messages from people you don't know can be risky, especially if they have attachments - they can contain viruses or nasty messages.
R - RELIABLE: Information you find on the internet may not be reliable, and people may not be who they say they are.
T - TELL: Tell your parent, carer or an adult you trust if something makes you feel worried or if you know someone is being bullied online.
If you are concerned about something that may have happened while online you can now report it to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. You are doing the right thing and by taking this action you may not only help yourself but also help make other people safer as well.
Below are some web sites about Internet safety that you might find useful.
Online counselling support and advice
www.kooth.com, offers young people, between the ages of 11 - 26 year olds, in Cornwall access to a free counselling service. Online opening times: Monday - Friday 12pm - 10pm, Saturday - Sunday 4pm - 10pm.
Kooth can help with many types of concerns including:
- relationship problems
- family issues
- school worries
- feeling low or depressed
- drink and drug problems
- eating disorders
- low confidence
- Online counselling
- Confidential support and help
- Someone to talk to
- Health magazine