Advice for parents
As parents and teachers we are always protective of our children but are we aware of the possible dangers of the internet? Here are a few tips to follow in order to keep our children safe on the internet;
Be in control
Make use of the parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband provider’s website or by visiting internetmatters.org.
Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google.co.uk/safetycentre.
Be clear what your child can and can’t do online – where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile device or tablet.
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about it. Put the family computer in a communal area so you can see what sites they’re visiting.
Check if it’s suitable
The age ratings that come with games and apps are a good guide to whether they are suitable for your child. The minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram.
For further reading please refer to the following booklet produced by the UK council for child internet safety;
Our school approach to E-safety is focused around the acronym SMART
S - Safe - never pass on your personal information to anyone you don't know.
M- Meet - never meet anyone on-line you don't know in real life!
A- Accept - never accept friend requests/emails/files/rewards from people you don't know in real life, likewise avoid accepting any emails from suspicious sources.
R- Reliable -make sure you check the information you have gathered is reliable by checking through alternative sources both on-line and off line.
T- Tell someone if anything worries you or concerns you about any aspect of your experience on line.