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Parental E-Safety

Get involved in your child’s online life

For many young people today there is no line between the online and offline worlds. Young people use the internet to socialise and grow and, just as you guide and support them offline, you should be there for them online too. Talk to them about what they’re doing; if they know you understand they are more likely to approach you if they need support

Watch CEOP’s Thinkuknow films

CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme has films and advice for children from 5-16 yrs. Your child may have seen these at school, but they can also help you find out more about what young people do online and some of the potential risks. Visit http://thinkuknow.co.uk.

Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online

Being inquisitive and interested in the new gadgets and sites that your child use can really help. As your child learns more, so must you.

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

Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to continue to discuss boundaries so that they evolve as your child’s use of technology does. Encourage the safe use of internet connected devices in a shared space like the living room so it becomes a social, not solitary activity.

Know what connects to the internet and how

Almost every new device these days connects to the internet, even your TV. Your child understands this so make sure you know which ones can connect to the internet. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it through your connection or a neighbour’s Wi-fi? This may affect how some of your safety settings are being applied.

Make use of parental controls on all devices that link to the internet

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. They are not the sole answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and are quite simple to install.

Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are

Make sure your child knows never to meet up with someone they only know online. People might not always be who they say they are, even someone who claims to be a friend. Make sure your child understands that they should never meet up with anyone they only know online without taking a trusted adult with them.

Know what to do if something goes wrong

Just as in the offline world, you want to help your child when they need it. Knowing when and how to report any problem is key.


Other Helpful Resources:

• Ofcom advice on Mobile Phone Safety: Mobile Phone Safety

• Facebook CEOP Panic Button: CEOP Panic Button

• NSPCC: There4Me

• Childline: call 0800 1111

• Think U Know: Think You Know (Parents)

• CEOP: Report Abuse at CEOP: Report Abuse

• Childnet: Childnet

• Safe Social Networking: Safe Social Networking

• Microsoft Online Safety Information: Microsoft Online Safety

• Apple Parental Controls: Apple Parental Controls

• Google Family Safety Centre: Google Family Safety Centre