It is really important parents and carers are aware of the risks children face using the internet. You will find below some useful websites you can access to help advise you about keeping your children safe online and tools to help set parental controls.
The link above takes you to Online Safety ‘How To’ Guides, developed by Vodaphone to help parents keep their children safe online and inform them of the potential dangers of social media and how to stay safe online. The ‘How To Guides’ are really useful for basic online safety information especially setting up parental control e.g. social networks and You Tube.
Parent Info – here you will find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parent keep up with what their children are doing online. Parent Info is a collaboration between The Parent Zone (www.theparentzone.co.uk) which has been providing information and support to parents for a decade and CEOP (http://ceop.police.ac.uk/) the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency.
Kidsmart – a fantastic resource for setting parental controls and information on mobile devices.
Childnet – information you need to keep your child safe online.
Think You Know – Information for parents in KS2, including information on cyber bullying, grooming, inappropriate websites, losing control over pictures and videos, online reputation, overuse and addiction, viruses/hacking and security.
The Think You Know website also contains an icon button to link you to the CEOP site for reporting inappropriate use of the internet. You just access the website and click on this link to make a report.
Some further important advice can be found below:
- Know how your child uses IT equipment (computer, game consoles, and mobile phones). What is the equipment capable of? Does your child know how to access the internet using the equipment?
- Check particularly social networking sites such as Club Penguin, Bebo, MSN, etc. Ensure your child speaks only to friends that have been checked / monitored by you. Generally there is an age limit that needs to be checked.
- Keep your internet antivirus up to date and ensure you are protected. Ensure passwords are un place and parental controls and blocks activated.
- Put key websites into the favourites bar and show your child how to access them. This will save your child from searching the internet using a search engine.
- Explain the importance of not sharing information such as personal details, photographs and details of their personal timetable.
- Discuss what your child should do if they see something that they feel uncertain about.
- Use website that are reputable – stress that not all websites are factual and that not all websites can be trusted.