Online safety: where do we start?
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. You don’t need to be an expert on the internet to help keep your child stay safe online. There are lots of resources available to support you as you support your child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively.
The ThinkuKnow website is really helpful and aims to make online parenting simple and offers many practical tips and simple guidance.
What are the issues?
Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities. Visit UK Safer Internet Centre for a breakdown of the key issues that you should be aware of.
Social Networks, apps and games: Safeguarding Guidelines for parents
Youtube, Minecraft, Facebook, Instagram are just some of the many popular online activities your child may be interested in. Keeping up to date with the latest ‘craze’ in social networking sites, apps and games can be difficult. Did you know that many of the popular sites such as facebook are rated as appropriate for age 13+ viewing?
NSPCC’s Net Aware provides guidance to parents on social networking sites, apps and games which children use and how to keep their children safe in today’s digital world. It can be accessed via https://www.net-aware.org.uk/. Given that many such new sites constantly appear, this website can be quite useful to stay up to date and keep children safe.
Parental controls are designed to help protect children from inappropriate content they may come across online. We know that children, particularly younger children, can be bothered by things they see online, and filters can be a helpful tool in reducing the chances of coming across something upsetting.
Many internet service providers (ISPs) provide parental control software – most of which includes content filters which can block offensive content.
Comprehensive advice for parents and children on online safety.
Please click on the links below to download important advice and tips for parents:
If you need any advice on online safety, please do not hesitate to speak to Miss O’Mahony, Miss Najair or Tracy Townrow