E-Safety for Parents
Safer Internet Day, 7th February 2017
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The Internet connects billions of people across the globe and the number of devices being used to access the Internet is ever increasing, for example PCs, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, smart TVs, set top boxes etc. It can still be relatively simple for children to access or share inappropriate material whilst online and often the things they post, send or upload leave a digital footprint which is completely out of their own control. Many communication services including social media applications present risks to your child, potentially exposing them to bullying and exploitation. Do you know what your children are doing online???
See 'Do You Know?':
By far the best way to safeguard against the risks presented is to set out your expectations and model acceptable behavior to your children and teach them how to manage the inherent risks. You should not deny opportunities of a digital learning experience, instead discuss with them some simple ideas for keeping them safe and make sure they understand their importance:
Talk to your child about what they are doing online and set out your expectations. If your child is doing something that they would not do in front of you then they probably should not be doing it online either. Some young people often share naked images and videos of themselves as a way of flirting or to gain popularity. 'Sexting' is not only illegal, but it can also leave your children open to bullying and exploitation.
See Dee's Story 'Exposed':
For further guidance regarding 'sexting', please see this NSPCC resource.
If your child encounters anything online that they are not happy with, they should tell you immediately.
- Your child should avoid using websites, Internet applications and communication services they feel they could not tell you about.
- Do not believe everything you read or see on the Internet. Quite literally anybody can post material online.
- Remember that people who communicate with your child online may not actually be who they claim, so use caution when communicating with people you do not know.
Use caution when giving out personal information, for example a home address, phone or mobile number.
Your children should never share their school name or identifying images online, for example a picture of them in school uniform (even to a friend).
See Ellie's Story:
- When using social media, gaming networks or forums, make sure your child knows how to block unwanted users and report offensive material. If your child receives offensive communication, tell them to block the offending user and try to retain a copy to use as evidence in any following complaint report.
- Tell your child to activate social media privacy and security settings and check them regularly. Try viewing your online profiles as another user to see what personal information strangers including other registered users might be able to access.
- Your child should use a nick name when accessing gaming networks and online forums.
- Your child should never arrange to meet anyone alone and always tell a trusted adult first if they are asked to arrange a meeting.
- Your child should only use video calls with people they know and trust remembering that the person at the other end of the call could easily record and distribute the entire conversation.
- Your child should tell you immediately if they encounter anything online which they are unhappy with.
- Report your E-Safety concerns to the school or the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre.
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