Keeping our children safe is the number one priority for parents and for the school.
When it comes to the internet, for many of us things can be a bit mysterious and sometimes our children seem to know far more about it than we do. However, just as with other potential dangers, like crossing the road, we must take steps to be in a position that we can supervise, guide and protect our children. Children think they know everything and think that the stories they hear won’t happen to them. Sadly, the children who have got into danger by using the internet probably thought the same. By following the Key Advice below and maybe familiarising ourselves with some of the content from the websites below, we can take huge steps in protecting our children.
The school provides valuable e-safety information online and Vodaphone’s Digital Parenting magazine.
Some Key Advice for Parents:
- Create a culture of sharing at home so it becomes just part of home life that parents are interested in what their children are doing on the computer/internet.
- Keep the computer in a family room.
- If children wouldn’t normally do it in the real world then it’s not acceptable in the virtual world either.
- Put time restrictions on children’s computer/internet use.
- Install the Safety Dolphin to home computers.
- Set preferences to Google Strict Search for Google Images.
- Children should only use their school email account and not sign themselves up to other less moderated and filtered email accounts.
- Any webcams should only be attached to a computer in a family room.
- A friend online is not the same as a friend in real life.
- Take an interest in your children’s online friends, just as you would do with their friends in real life.
- Internet Safety is about behaviour and not ICT, just as Road Safety is about behaviour around roads and not about the traffic which drives on them.
- Don’t go home and unplug the internet! Remember the internet is a brilliant resource but it does reflect the best and worst of human nature. We cannot eliminate every risk to children but we can minimise the risks to an extent that children remain as safe as possible – again very similar to road safety.
- Inappropriate websites factsheet
- Parent and Carers Checklist
- Omegle parents guide
- Netflix parental controls handout
- Kik messenger parents guide
- Parents guide to snapchat
- Parents guide to instagram
- Parents guide to google+
- Parents guide to facebook
- Youtube parents guide
- Younow parents guide
- Whatsapp guide
- Safety and privacy social media settings
- Grooming fact sheet
- Oovoo guide for parents final
- Omegle parents guide
Parent Info is collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone and provides information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience, internet safety and a wide range of other topic matters like sex, relationship and body image.
Think U Know Website
I bet you probably like to use the computer for fun. The Think U Know website will help you go on the internet in a safe way and tell who to talk to if you are worried. You can also find out about Lee & Kim’s adventures or watch Hector and his friends learning to use computers safely! If you want to talk to someone else you can call ‘Childline’, which is a place where people who are nice can help you. They won’t tell anyone that you have called and it’s free. You can phone them on: 0800 1111.
- Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
- Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
Be Smart be cool – Be smart online.
What’s your favourite thing to do online. Visit the KidSMART website and learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer. Learn the SMART Rules with Kara Winston and the SMART Crew. If anything goes wrong online or upsets you make sure you tell someone about it. Download a poster of the SMART Rules by clicking the link below.
Help and Advice
If you find something on the internet or someone has made you sad or scared you should tell your mum, dad or the person who looks after you at home or a teacher at school. If you would like to talk to someone else we have added some links to the Advice Help and Report Centre on the CEOPS website. You can contact people who are friendly and helpful by following the link for your age group.