Some tips for you to help keep your children safe online
- Consider locating your computer or mobile devices in a family area where children’s online activity can be monitored or supervised.
- Talk to your child and ask them to show or even teach you how they use the internet and learn about websites or tools they like to use and why.
- Make sure your child knows it’s important that they tell an adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.
- Remind children that they should use the same caution online as they would in the real world. Tell them they should never go to meet someone they have only spoken to online.
- Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact.
- Familiarise yourself with the age limits of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram etc. There’s an age limit in place for a reason, if you decide to allow your children on to these sites make sure you know how they can protect themselves while using these sites – for example knowing how to set appropriate privacy settings.
Teaching Online Safety is an importing part of keeping our children safe and we do this in school using age appropriate resources to demonstrate the risks and how to avoid them. It is very important that children take these messages with them at the end of the school day and are supported when using technology at home. Each and every adult has a responsibility to protect children and this includes when they are on line.
Want to speak to an expert?
Childline and O2 have teamed up to offer a free helpline for parents for any queries you may have regarding online activity, this could just be simple queries about online gaming or parental controls. The free phone number is 0808 800 5002.
Below is the latest Online Safety News from Safeguarding Essentials and a list of websites that you may find useful.
Digital Parenting information, support and advice can also be viewed at:
http://www.theparentzone.co.uk – This offers online safety support for families.
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Resources for use at both home and school.
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ – Reporting online safety concerns.
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk – This has helpful guides to setup controls.
https://www.comparitech.com – This tackles issues regarding online privacy.
http: //www.netlingo.com – This supports parents with social networking skills.
http://parentinfo.org/ – This provides online checklists for children of all ages.
http://home.bt.com – Support from BT addressing common questions.