Advice for Parents and Carers on how to keep children safe online:
We know that a huge number of our children are actively participating in an online world. The majority of children's experiences of the internet are fun, safe and a wealth of learning opportunities can be found online. However, it is vitally important that we teach children to explore this world safely and with the knowledge of how to keep themselves safe.
There are an increasing number of sites and web content that can be upsetting and even dangerous for children. Upton Junior advises that parents engage with children in all aspects of their online activities:
- Be aware of how your child engages with the online world (gaming / youtube / website surfing)
- Talk to your child about their online habits
- Be aware if your child is engaging in social networking and decide what is appropriate for your child.
- Make sure your child knows what to do if they do come across inappropriate content or something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
-Make sure your child accesses age appropriate content and gaming.
- Check your own parental controls on ipads, mobiles devices and computers
- Make sure that your children don't share personal information unecessarily or unsafely
- Consider limiting screen time or having a set time that the wifi goes OFF!
For help and advice:
CEOP– the place to get advice on and report an inappropriate or potentially illegal content or action that you see online.
Childline - a online resource helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children
Digizen– a fantastic resource that includes all sorts of advice on how we, as adults, can encourage children to become responsible digital citizen and discerning when viewing digital content.
ThinkUKnow – an excellent website that has all sorts of advice for parents and carers as well as sections for children who want to learn about E-safety for themselves - an excellent resource to look at as a family.
UK Safer Internet Centre– this website contains a wealth of resources and content about how to keep children safe online. They are also the group behind the Safer Internet Day initiative that is celebrated on a yearly basis.
Digital Life Skills - a site with guidance on advice on how children can become confident and resilient online.