In today’s modern world of technology, most of our pupils use the internet and it can sometimes be difficult to find a happy balance between allowing children the freedom to develop as responsible individuals whilst still protecting them to make sure they behave safely and responsibly.
Here’s a few tips to help keep your child safe online:
Have the conversation early
Young people spend an average of 12 hours a week online and it quickly becomes part of their daily routines early in life. That’s why we think it’s important to start talking to your child about keeping safe online as early as possible.
Browse the web together
Ask your child to show you their favourite things to do online, and show an interest in what they do – just like you would offline.
Know who your child is talking to
Explain to your child how people can potentially lie about themselves online, like their age, for example.
Agree rules and set boundaries
Agree the amount of time they can spend online; when they can go online; what websites they can visit; discuss sharing images and videos; tell them how to treat people online and not post anything they wouldn’t say face-to-face.
Does your child play online games?
Check age ratings and who they’re playing with. Talk to them about what information is OK to share with others. Online games, movies and some websites will also have a minimum age to sign up. Age limits are there to keep children safe.
Use parental controls to filter or restrict content
Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky or BT, provide controls to help you filter or restrict content and devices that connect to the internet also have controls. Software packages are also available (sometimes free of charge) that can help you filter, restrict or monitor what your child can see online.
For more information on keeping your child safe online Visit Commonsense.com for age-by-age tips
Have a look at some of the links below on how to help keep your child safe online:
- Childnet – Stay safe: http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
- Mumsnet –Internet Safety: http://www.mumsnet.com/internet-safety
- CBBC Stay Safe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/stay-safe
- How to help your child stay “Smart on the net” : http://www.netsmartzkids.org/
- For advice, help or to make a report: http://www.ceop.police.uk/
There are many more resources and lots of information that can help guide you on how to keep your children safe online. If you need any advice or have any concerns about eSafety, please don’t hesitate to contact school.