#GoFISH

Go Find Internet Safety Help

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission cyber safety campaign encourages young people to take precautions online and know how to act should things go wrong.

The internet is a phenomenal resource connecting people globally, helping them communicate with friends and share anything instantly. You can even complete your school or homework and submit it across the internet. Another benefit to using the internet is communicating with people through gaming who share similar interests.

The accessibility and reliance of the World Wide Web means that increasingly young people are able to have a much bigger presence online (more so than their parents). The constant developments have also allowed young people to access the digital world at an even younger age. We therefore need to promote good digital citizenship and make this environment as safe for children and young people as the offline world is.

 

Go FISH, Cyber Ambassadors, and more resources

Don't get caught out Go F.I.S.H. (Find Internet Safety Help)
  • Protect your privacy and identity
  • Don’t post personal information online – like your address, email address, date of birth or mobile number
  • Set your privacy settings as high as possible
  • Never share your passwords
  • Be share aware
  • Disconnect to connect
Cyber Ambassadors

In response to feedback from the Big Conversation, the Youth Commission piloted Cyber Ambassadors in schools. The main aim of the scheme is to skill-up a small number of students in education settings or youth organisations on key online safety issues (supported by a member of staff). These informed students then pass on their learning and offer helpful support to their peers.

Following the pilot scheme, has been rolled out across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.  You can read the full evaluation of the scheme here.

Schools, colleges and youth organisations can sign up to receive free training: first visit our dedicated Cyber Ambassadors page to learn more about what the scheme offers, then Contact Us, contact the Youth Commission from the drop-down, and ask for the Cyber Ambassador Scheme Coordinator.

In primary schools the scheme focuses on five cyber sea monsters that are up to no good online and need to be defeated – the monsters each represent a potential online danger such as clickjacking. The programme uses interactive games and activities to make learning about online safety fun.

In secondary schools the programme is an extension of the GoFish campaign. It uses quizzes, activities and online tools to provide information about issues such as dog-piling, cyberbullying, digital reputation and more.

What to do when you come across cyberbullying

Be a good UPstander against cyberbullies and support each other. Cyberbullying often leaves people upset and interferes with their lives.

Protect your image
  • Think ‘is this how I want to be seen by friends, family or employers’ before posting anything
  • Don’t post pictures or videos of yourself that you (and anyone else in them) wouldn’t be happy for the world to see
  • Ask yourself ‘would I say this to someone’s face’ before you post a comment online, once it is out there you can’t take it back!
Request, in confidence, the removal of sexual images of yourself

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting  – There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.

https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk  – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down. It refers to using the app to verify age.

Protect against predators
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online
  • There are lots of sites with internet help, there are a few below so what are you waiting for? #GoF.I.S.H.
  • Worried about the way someone is talking to you or a friend – Let CEOP know
  • Anonymously and confidentially report child sexual content
Some good sites to go F.I.S.H-ing on...
Megan's story

 

Useful resources for adults

NSPCC O2 Gurus Advice and support is available in O2 shops.

Warblington Online Safety Portal

Also have a look through our Staying Safer Online tips

Recommendations Conference

Find out what the Youth Commission members recommended to the Police and Crime Commissioner after their Go FISH campaign at the 2018 Recommendations Conference.

Sign up now!

If you would like to sign up with the Cyber Ambassador scheme, go to the Contact Form, contact the Youth Commission from the drop-down, and ask for the Cyber Ambassador Scheme Coordinator.

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