The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this.
Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep themselves safe and behave appropriately online. It is important that we are all vigilant when children are using the internet and act to ensure they are protected from people who may pose a risk to them. Children can accidentally or deliberately be exposed to illegal, unwanted or unpleasant content, comments or activity online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.
What can parents/carers do?
- Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what information should be kept private (such as personal information, photos etc) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends. Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline.
- Discuss using strong passwords with your child so they understand how they can protect their online accounts. It is important they know they need to keep their passwords safe and not share them with anyone or use the same password for several accounts. If your child’s account is “hacked” or compromised then make sure they change their password and report any concerns or suspicious activity.
For more advice on using strong passwords visit Get Safe Online
Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact. Always remember that parental control tools are not always 100% effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child.
Consider locating your computers and laptops in a family area where children’s online activity can be monitored or supervised. Always supervise the use of webcams and any applications or devices which allow voice or video chat. Also consider the use and location of other devices your child uses which allow internet access such as mobile phones and games consoles.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
This site offers advice for parents and carers and has activities for children to learn about how to stay safe online.
Know IT All For Parents
An interactive guide to show parents and carers everything that they need to know to keep themselves and their children safe online.
Get Net Wise
This site has current advice about e-safety along with links to other useful information sites.
There are links to activities that can be shared with your children and advice about what you need to know on this site.
Get Safe Online
This site has details about how to protect your computer, safe online shopping and protecting your identity.
NSPCC – Advise for Parents
This site has useful advice about how to talk to your child about issues linked to e-safety.
Additional E – Safety resources can be found on our Trust’s website