Online Safety

Online safety is very important. We currently deliver online safety within the computing curriculum and would like to share some tips for supporting this work at home.

If you want to know more about online safety visit the following websites:

UK Safer Internet Centre

Thinkuknow

Childline

Top Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe Online

Talk to your child about what they’re up to online
Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them.

Ensure that your child only accesses sites or games appropriate for their age group
Encourage your child to go online and explore! Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.

Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online
Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.

Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world

Think about what they see, share, who they talk to and how long they spend online.

Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space

For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they come across something they don’t want to see. Ensure that your child only accesses sites or games appropriate for their age group, Most social networking sites limit members to 13 years and above.

Know what connects to the internet and how

Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console.

Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones

Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops.

Help your child to understand that they should never give out personal details online

Personal information includes their messenger ID, passwordemail address, home address, mobile and home telephone number, name of school and any  photographs of themselves, their family and friends.

If your child receives spam/junk email and texts, delete them

Remind children never to believe them, reply to them or use them.

Teach children never to open messages from people they don’t know.  It could be a virus, spyware or an inappropriate image or film.

Never meet up with anyone if you only know them online

Some people lie online and so it’s better to keep online friends online only.

They should never meet up with any strangers.

Teach your child how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.Report abuse

If you want to know more about online safety visit the following websites:

UK Safer Internet Centre

Thinkuknow

Childline