Internet Safety Tips for Parents
The internet is integral to the lives of children of all ages. It opens up new opportunities and is now an essential part of their everyday world whether they are using it for Independent Learning, to talk and share materials with their friends or for a multitude of other uses that are legitimate and beneficial in so many ways.
But where children go then potential offenders will follow – whether in the real or virtual world – and as a parent, guardian or carer it helps to understand more about what your child is doing online.
Some simple tips:
- Keep your computer in a communal area of the house. This makes it easier to monitor what your children are viewing.
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends—personal information includes their messenger id, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends—if your child publishes a picture or video online—anyone can change it or share it.
- If your child receives spam / junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them.
- It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online only. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Teach young people how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
To view expert information about helping children and young people stay safe online
Please see below for link to the updated NSPCC NetAware website.
It’s a really useful site, for parents that gives an insight into children and young people’s online experiences (what sites, apps, games they are accessing) and helps you to keep yourchildren safe online.
Click on the links below to read more about how to stay safe online when using the following Social Media platforms. The leaflets cover the following;
- What is Twitter?
- How Do I Protect My Privacy?
- Who Can Follow Me?
- How To Report Something?
- Unfollow or Delete Content?
- How do you deactivate my account?
- Do you know if your account is private or public?
- Do you know how to share with a select group of your followers?
- Do you know who your followers are?
- Do you know how to block someone?
- Do you know how to report a post?
- Do you know how to delete comments?
- Do you know how to delete your account?
- Do you know your friends?
- Who can see your content on Facebook?
- I know about the teenage user updates
- I can use Facebook’s Reporting Tools
- How do I deactivate my account?
- How can I change the ads I see?
- How to manage Friends lists?
- Take control of your Apps and Games!
- What is Snapchat?
- How can I stay in control?
- How do I find all my friends?
- How do I block and delete?
- How do I report a problem?
- What else can I do on Snapchat?
- Where can I go for further support?
- What is ooVoo?
- How to use ooVoo safely