eSafety for Parents -Keeping your child safe online
Children nowadays spend a lot of time online. Their use of the internet may be fun, can help with their homework, and help them socialise in remote locations. There are a lot of positives to internet use but there can also be dangers. As a parent do you really know what your child does online?
To help you find out and to help you keep your child safe online we recommend the following websites.
Top Tips for helping your child stay safe online.
1. Talk to your child about online safety and talk about what they do online regularly. Technology changes frequently and new apps and websites appear very frequently. Talking regularly about e-safety and getting your child to discuss their usage with you will allow you and your child to stay safe.
2. Set rules and agree boundaries over internet usage. These will change as your child grows older but you might want to consider time allowed online during the week and weekends, age ratings of movies and games they play, sharing personal information, images and videos, and where they use the internet in the home.
3. Use parental controls. Parental controls are provided free of charge from most of the main Internet Service Providers including Virgin, BT, Talk Talk and Sky. They allow you to filter or restrict content. Some even allow you to restrict the times of the day devices can access the internet, ideal to ensure your child does not go on the internet at all hours.
4. Check your child understands about privacy settings and knows how to report abuse online. Facebook and many other social media sites have buttons to report abuse. To report other sites or cyberbullying , grooming or other concerns use www.thinkuknow.co.uk
5. Know who your child is talking to online. Make sure they do not share personal information, their names, where they live or even the school they go to. On social media it is a good idea for a child to ‘Friend’ their parent, so that you can see what is being posted and who your child is talking to.
6. Remember, as an adult, you can control what devices children can use and when they can use them.
And remember if you have any concerns about esafety you can report your concerns by clicking on the CEOP button on our website.