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E-safety has become an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way. 

You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here

 

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At Home

As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It is a place that can provide the most amazing opportunities.  However, the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. 

Here is a simple checklist that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face:

Checklist

Why?

I have asked my child to show me sites they use.

This shows your child that you are interested in their online activity. It also allows you to check the sites they are accessing and research them e.g. how to set the safety features or report problems/issues.

I have asked my child to set their profile settings to private.

Social networking sites such as Facebook, are used by children to share information, photos and just about everything they do! Encourage your child to set their privacy settings to private.  They need to think about the information they post online as it could be copied and pasted anywhere without their permission.  If it got into the wrong hands, somebody may wish to use it against them or worst of all try to locate them in the real world.

 

I have set appropriate parental controls on my child’s computer, mobile and games console.

Filters on computers and mobiles can prevent your child from viewing inappropriate and possibly illegal content. You can activate and change levels depending on your child’s age and abilities.  You can also set time restrictions for using the internet or games.  They can be free and easy to install.  Call your service provider who will be happy to assist.  Explain to your child why you are setting parental controls when you talk to them about internet use.

 

My child has agreed to tell me if they are worried about something online.

Sometimes children get into situations online where they don’t feel comfortable or see something they don’t want to see. By opening up the communications channel and talking to your child about the internet, their favourite sites and the risks they may encounter, they are more likely to turn to you if they are concerned about something.

 

You can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?

Smartphone Safe

If you would like to know more information on how to keep your child safe when they are using a smartphone, use this very useful and informative link here

 

Internet Safety Resources

 

Internet Matters is another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to  your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat.  You can visit their pages here Internet Matters.

 

Here are quick links to a range of Internet safety sites that you may find useful too:

NSPCC NetAware

Safer Internet

Childnet

Internet Matters