Keeping your children safe online
Most of us are ‘connected’ via our laptops, mobile phones, tablets or personal computer. The potential for the internet to be a valuable and a fun resource for entertainment, making friends, keeping in touch and learning is huge and it will continue to grow. Our children have relativel easy access to the internet but we need to ensure that they are safe from illegal activities or abuse - be it bullying, fraud or something more serious. Unlike seeing someone face to face, on the net, people aren't always what they first seem.
In the same way you teach your children about safety when they leave the house, it is important to teach them how to stay safe online. These are skills that will stay with them for life.
Share Aware, from NSPCC and O2, gives parents all the tools they need to have regular and informed conversations with your child about staying safe online.
Did you know that under 20% of parents discuss online safety regularly with their children? The NSPCC wants to get every family talking about their child’s life online, just as they would their day at school. Parents can sign up to the Icebreaker email series and become an expert in their child’s online world in 6 weeks, follow the four simple steps to keeping children safe online, watch the film ‘Safety advice from a 10 year old’ or visit Net Aware – the NSPCC’s guide to your child’s social networks apps and games.
The internet is a great resource for children to use, being Share Aware makes it safer.
Advice for Parents
Know what your children are doing online, talk about it and check histories
Try to monitor internet use- this means you can keep more control over what they do (i.e. Webcams) BUT internet access is now everywhere and anywhere!!!!
Help your children understand never to give out personal details to online friends - email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves
If your child receives spam / junk email & texts, never reply to them or use them.
A young person must never meet any online contact without an adult they trust
Netiquette is very important and always warn against cyberbullying behaviours
SAFE – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – including full name and email address - to people who you don’t trust online.
MEETING – Meeting up with someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parent’s/carer’s permission and even then only when they can be present
ACCEPTING – Accepting e-mails, IM messages or opening files from people you don’t know can be dangerous – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
RELIABLE – Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet may not be true. Check information and advice on other websites, in books or ask someone who may know.
TELL – Tell your parent/carer or teacher if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or you or
For help, check out these sites:
The video below is worth watching and raises lots of questions.