The Internet is a wonderful and amazing place with lots of information available from all over the world but, can also pose a risk to the safety of our children if not used correctly. Sensitive and inappropriate information can be sent right into our homes along with everything else. By taking responsibility for your children’s online computer use, parents can greatly minimize any potential risks of being online and safeguard their child's safety.
1. Don’t have the computer in your children’s bedroom. Put it in a public part of the house if possible. Also try to share the Internet with your children.
2. Tell your children NOT to put photos of themselves on the Internet or to give out their names, addresses, phone numbers, schools, or other personal information online.
3. Get to know the sites your child uses. If you don’t know how to log on, get your child to show you. Find out what types of information the site offers and whether there are ways for parents to block out objectionable material.
4. Install an Internet filter or family safety software. Family safety software is becoming extremely advanced and is an effective way to filter dangerous content.
5. Manage your children's time on the Internet. Scheduling times when a child can be on the Internet and the amount they can be online ensures that you know when they are on the Internet and how long. By not allowing them to have free reign reduces their chances of being exposed to inappropriate content.
6. Set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use by your children. Talk about the rules and post them near the computer as a reminder.
7. Remind your child to tell either yourself or a teacher if they see a website or receive an email that makes them feel unhappy or uncomfortable .
8. Remind your child never to download anything from the internet without your permission.
By being vigilant and setting basic rules we can minimise greatly the risk to our children from the internet and allow it to be the invaluable and educational tool that it should be.
We have added a link to the CEOP Report Abuse button, where children or adults can report any inappropriate communications online.
CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
We ask that parents inform us of any concerns as this enables us to continue to keep our children safe online.
This is a fantastic resource for parents who have children that are using the internet to ensure proper safe guarding and privacy. It applies mainly to applications and to social media. There is also a short cartoon aimed at parents, but would be useful for upper school children to watch.
Here are some links to other websites which give information about E-Safety: