We all know that the internet plays a big part in children’s lives today. It opens up the world to our children giving them access to information and experiences, both educational and social. Alongside all these positive elements we need our children to understand that there can be risks on-line. It is a duty of both parents and the school to teach children on-line safety tools, so they can make sensible and informed choices on line.
If you understand the internet and what the risks are, there are a number of things you can that will make your child safer online.
We hope you will find the following sites useful.
CyberSense is a new E-safety app designed to help parents talk about e-safety issues with their children to ensure that they make smart choices to stay safe online. Aimed at children aged between 8-10 it will help them think about what they would do if they were faced with different situations online; from cyberbullying to sharing content with someone they don’t know.
The CEOP Button
The National Crime Agency’s CEOP Button is here to help children and young people up to the age of 18.
From CEOP – They are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. They also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit the Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
CEOP Browser Safety Tool
Internet safety advice at your fingertips from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. Click on the following link to download the safety tool to your browser bar.
The following link has a ‘Parents’ Guide to the Internet’. ‘The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’, has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent. Tune in to learn more about what your child is up to online and how you can support them.
Facebook requires individuals to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. In some jurisdictions, the age limit may be higher. A useful link to the Parental Guide for Facebook is here:
Most parental control software will have a feature that blocks the internet connection after a time specified by the parent. All Windows and Mac computers now have parental controls as standard and this particular feature is available from the user settings or control panel. As well as controlling the duration of access, the parental controls can also be configured to enable internet access during specified hours only (e.g. preventing night-time access!).
As well as parental controls on the computer itself, most home broadband routers (e.g. BT Broadband) have control options to limit internet access for any or all computers in the home. You can also configure them to turn off access during certain hours (usually through the night). See the relevant instruction manual for guidance.
Both parental control methods can be found really easily by searching the web, but the following links should be helpful:
Windows Parental Control
Mac Parental Control