Staying safe online activities for families
Advice for children
Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Advice for Parents
At home children can sometimes be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This potentially allows them access to all types of society, bringing them virtually into their own homes.
Here are some tips and hints to help you to keep your child safe online.
- Keep your computer in a shared area - talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room.
- Don't give out personal details to online friends - Use a nickname when logging on and don't share full name, email address, mobile number, school name or any photos, as any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
- Be aware of the age limit on certain sites - Facebook/Bebo/My Space have a minimum age limit of 13 so none of our children should be using them.
There are some excellent guides and information for parents on the website internet matter.org. Click here for information on safety with popular apps https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/apps-guide/
Are you aware of these Apps?
If you are not aware of what they are called and what they do there is a great website called 'Net Aware'. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
The site gives you an overview of apps that children are likely to be using. It also gives you honest reviews and age suitability.
Definitely worth checking out!
Tips for staying safe online:
· Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
· Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.