Keeping Safe Online
A parents and carers role is vital in supporting your child with their online experience, helping to ensure they are happy and safe when using the internet and mobile devices. Below are a list of links to help support your family and provide a wealth of information to help you make informed decisions.
Is content appropriately filtered for younger users? Ensure that you are using parental controls on your home broadband. Set passwords so they have to ask when they want to go online. Use safe search on search engines and YouTube. Even when using all the correct parental controls, make sure your child knows that this will not stop all unsafe content and they should let you know if they access something inappropriate.
- Discuss with your child how you need to be polite online, as with face to face conversations, they should not use bad language or comments that might upset other people.
- Talk about not opening messages if they do not recognise who it is from, or if the subject field is offensive, talk about deleting these messages without opening them. Remind your child that email can be intercepted and forwarded to anyone.
- Are the online games your child is playing age-appropriate? Are they aware they can be contacted via these games? Does your child understand not to give our personal information and use nicknames?
The PEGI system
The PEGI system is based on six age categories and eight content descriptors. The age categories indicate whether an interactive software product is appropriate for children from a certain age. The age categories are: 3, 7, 12, 16, 18 and 'Parental Guidance Recommended' (which is used for certain apps).
- Does your child understand the information they should keep private to stop them being contacted?
Full name, direct e-mail address, telephone number, school, favourite regular places they visit
- Talk about user names, not giving too much personal information.
- Is your child aware the information they publish on the internet can be read and seen by anyone, even if they delete it?
- Is your child old enough for the sites/apps they are using? Can they use the privacy settings? Discuss only giving access to people they know very well and think are they a ‘friend’.
- Make sure family computers are password protected and changed. Is your anti-virus software up-to-date?
- Remind your child to always logged off sites and computers when they have finished, as some else could use them. Let your child know that you will not ban them from using the internet if they encounter a problem, as you want to encourage them to talk to you, and banning them may discourage this.
E Safety - Useful Links for Parents
The childnet parent site includes a section on hot topics and information on parental controls and gaming. The hot topics section covers the issues that parents may be concerned about. Childnet also have a skills school with online videos talking through the safety features of sites which parents can work through with their child.
This site gives lots of information for parents as well as games and quizzes for children to ensure they understand how to stay safe online.
The government has launched a new online tool for schools to give parents the best possible advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life. The site has been created CEOP and parent zone. It provides information and help on a range of parenting topics, with special emphasis on digital parenting.
The PEGI website contains information about games ratings and can be found at the following link. Parents can search for a game to find out about online associated online safety issues as well as the age rating for the game.
The NSPCC also provide a range of information and tips for parents and children about staying safe online and what to do if things go wrong online.
Whatever their age, we can help you to find out more about what your children might be doing online and give you some simple, practical and easy advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them as safe as possible.
The above mentioned website has a wealth information regarding keeping your child safe on the internet, it also links though to https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/saferinternet-day-2019/education-packs/activities-parents-and-carers
This site has an excellent link to Safer Internet Day 2019, To help you talk to your children about having a positive and safe time online, we have created a pack for parents and carers, including conversation starters, a factsheet, family pledge card and more!
Useful E Safety Websites for Children
Think U Know5-7 - Learn how to stay safe online with Hector and his friends
Think U Know8-10 - Explore the cyber cafe and make sure you stay safe when online
Childnet Watch the videos about Kara and the smart crew to learn about staying safe
Information about Applications Children may use
Keeping children safe on-line in the fast changing world of modern technology can be difficult. I found the NSPCC Net Aware Site: - www.net-aware.org.uk very useful and informative.
If you sign up to the newsletter, you can receive information about new social networks, apps and games as they are released. Net Aware is a website developed by the NSPCC, to provide information regarding the social networks, apps or games children may use. I found the ‘Search for a site, game or app to find out more’ function useful, as new apps, social networks and games are always appearing, particularly as it gives a parents point of view about each site.
Your guide to the social networks your children use Net Aware Net Aware, developed by the NSPCC and O2, is a guide on the interactive social networks, apps or games that children use most frequently, based on research with over 500 parents and carers, and 1,725 young people. Net Aware helps parents (primarily of 8–12 year olds) to understand more about the different sites and apps their children are using. It gives advice from other parents about age appropriateness, content, ease of reporting and privacy.