Almost all communication devices can now access the internet including mobile phones and games consoles.
Good communication between you and your children is crucial to keeping them safe.
Some ideas for keeping your children safe
- Supervise children’s time on the internet. Make this easy by placing the computer somewhere in the house where you can see what they are doing.
- Start as you mean to go on… when children are first bought mobile devices such as tablets introduce a ‘Family Media Agreement’.
- Make sure your children feel confident about telling you if they have accessed something inappropriate by accident.
- Set parental locks on browsers to minimise risks.
- Ask your children what they are using the computer for – find out as much as possible about what they do when they are on the computer and make suggestions for more useful ways to spend their time.
- If you are concerned about what they are accessing then look at the internet history.
- Click here to install the Hector the Protector on your computer.
Below are some links to internet safety resources:
A link to Hantsweb’s online safety resources regarding a wide range of issues including Facebook and Snapchat guidance, chatrooms and appropriate use of mobile phones.
A link to BBC’s Webwise, offering advice on how to get the best from the internet as well as advice on selecting passwords and keeping children safe online.
A link to Family Lives website, aimed to providing advice on promoting healthier relationships.
A non-profit organisation aimed to making the internet a great and safer place for children
ConnectSafely.org is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.
Advice on how to stay safe online in terms of safe payments, protecting against identity theft and protecting your computer.
A company that aims to ‘internationally to make the internet safer by removing images of child sexual abuse.’ They are an independent not for profit organisation and work with the global internet industry and the European Commission.
Our mission is to provide children, families, carers and professionals with advice, training and practical tools to prevent bullying and protect young lives
Another child-friendly website to use with your child to allow discussion about how to stay safe online.
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