Keeping Your Child Safe Online
The internet has revolutionised and has changed how we communicate and socialise with people 24hours a day, 7 days a week. With internet access at our fingertips, it can be even more challenging to keep children and young people safe online, especially when they have their own computers, laptops, smartphones/mobile phones, tablets and games consoles.
As a parent and carer, it is important to educate yourself, children and young people that as well as the endless opportunities available through the internet and technology, there are also associated risks to be aware of.
Potential online risks can include:
- access and exposure to inappropriate / disturbing images and content
- access and exposure to racist or hate material, grooming, luring, abuse and exploitation
- sharing personal information with strangers that could identify and locate a child offline
- online bullying (cyber bullying) by peer and people they consider their ‘friends’
- physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and imitating stunts and risk taking activities
- leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online.
There are several ways to help keep child and young people safe online:
- educate yourself and children and young people know about the dangers online e.g. attend school safeguarding / computing workshops
- tell them what they should do if anything goes wrong online or upsets them e.g. tell someone about it
- explain that anything shared online or by mobile phone could end up being seen by anyone
- ensure computers and laptops are used where you can see and not out of sight in a bedroom
- use parental settings, filtering software and privacy setting to block inappropriate sites and content
Below are a number of sites which you and your child can access to learn more about how to keep safe on the internet.
Safer Internet Day
Helpful Websites – Chat Danger
How to keep safe when playing games online.
Helpful Websites – CBBC Stay Safe
Test your E-Safety knowledge, listen to stay safe songs and get some extra tips on how to stay safe online.
Helpful Websites – BBC WebWise
Advice for parents/carers on how to keep your children safe online.
Helpful Websites – Kidsmart
Learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer.
Top Tips for Blackberry
Click on the link below to find tips to help support your child to use their Blackberry safely.
Digiduck’s BIG Decision
Share this story with your child about Digiduck’s experience and advice about the internet. Click on the link below!