The internet is accessible in many ways, through laptops, computers, tablet, phones and even games consoles. In just a few simple steps you can keep your child safe and give them the awareness to know what to do if they encounter a situation which makes them uncomfortable.
Ask your child to show you the sites they use. In doing this you will be included in their online life and you can visit the sites later to check security and how to report any issues should they arise.
Remind your child to only have online friends they know and trust in the real world and remind them to never to give out their personal details such as, school, address or phone number.
Encourage your child to talk to you about the internet, so that if they encounter an uncomfortable situation they feel they can come to you if they are concerned.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work together to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Safe Search Kids
Google Safe Image Search
If not managed correctly, children using modern computer games consoles can be exposed to inappropriate content and have contact with numerous strangers online. Please read the 'Online Gaming' leaflet and use the PDFs below, to set up parental controls on your consoles at home.
Xbox 360/ Xbox One
Websites for more information:
||The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme and is one of the 31 Safer Internet Centres of the Insafe network. The centre has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline
||Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
||CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Think you know is a fabulous web resource brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre with information and guidance for parents, carers and teachers. It also has tailored content for children and young people. Interactive activities, videos and animation make this site a very useful one to explore together with you children.
||Kidsmart is an excellent website to explore to help with all aspects of online safety, including chat, gaming and safe search. One of the most useful aspects of the site is that it gives you clear help videos on how to set up internet controls, check privacy settings and enforce safe searching on your home computers.
|Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox360 settings, Blackberry controls, jargon busting and many more 'How to Guides'. Well worth a read!