Why have rules and laws?

On Line Safety First!


If something on-line has worried or upset you


you must tell an adult you trust as soon as possible


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You should feel safe when you are on line. Make sure you ask an adult before you go on line.

The adult will be someone you know and trust. It could be a parent or guardian.

It might be an older brother or sister.


(CEOP is part of the UK Policing network)





Why have rules and laws?

Rules and Laws are designed to keep us safe. They exist everywhere in society.

Unwritten rules:
These are the types of rules we need to carry in our heads. They tell us that we 'should' behave in a certain way. Think about this picture.....

What rules do you think should apply here...?

 ...Our family has taught us that we should keep our room tidy, clean, organised and not to damage our property.
These are common sense rules that we should all be aware of and although they are not written down for us to see we should do what the rules tell us to do anyway.


Written Rules:
These are the types of rules that are written down for us to see. For example, rules for people using the roads are written down in the Highway Code, and rules about sports are also written down in handbooks for the players to follow. Other rules for society are made by members of Parliament and are written down.

The Members of Parliament all come together to discuss and decide on new laws for the country. They will vote on each topic and rules will be decided in this way. This is a form of democracy. A democracy is a type of government where the people who live in the country have power to decide the rules and laws. The citizens do not make the rules and laws themselves. They elect people to be members of parliament and the members of parliament make the rules and laws on behalf of the people who elected them. The people who vote to elect members of parliament are sometimes called the electorate.

Rules in your school will be written by your teachers and members of your school council (if you have one).

The school council come together every so often to discuss different things such as, designing rules for your playground or classroom. The school council may include the head teacher and pupils from different years.

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