E-SAFETY IN THE HOME
A guide to E-Safety in the home for parents and carers.
How Can I Keep My Children Safe Online?
- Talk to your children about their internet use. Your involvement is the best way of keeping them safe. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with.
- Be Positive! The Internet is a fantastic resource for learning, communication and having fun. Just like in the real world, you need to take a few sensible precautions.
- Locate computers in a family room. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room.
Talk about the Acceptable use rules with your child and discuss why they are important. Make sure they understand that it is about keeping them safe and not about taking away the internet from them.
The following websites contain lots of useful information to keep your family safe online and when using mobile technologies:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.saferinternet.org.uk - Here you will find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
www.kidsmart.org.uk/ - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
www.parentinfo.org/ - Autumn 2015 saw the release of this excellent new website. It was developed out of a partnership between CEOP and The Parent Zone and contains lots of good eSafety advice.
www.theparentzone.co.uk/ - so many great resources and advice on how to approach digital safety with your child.
http://www.net-aware.org.uk/- Your guide to the social networks your children may use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.