Children and young people growing up in the digital world use the internet as an everyday social utility, to communicate and to organise their lives. Technology and the internet also offer enormous opportunities to transform the lives and learning of children and young people for the better; to discover, connect and create. However, while children and young people should be empowered to use the internet responsibly, adults have a responsibility to ensure that children and young people are aware of the risks, and that they are in the best possible position to keep themselves safe online. It is very important that adults try to keep up with internet-enabled technology and the ways in which children and young people inhabit the online world, even if it is different to the ways in which adults use the same technology.
The best way to protect children online is through education and conversation with them. Knowing that they can come to you or another trusted adult is the best way to keep them safe.
For general e-safety information and advice:
Has your child had a nude image or video of themselves posted on-line?
Get help to remove it: Report a Nude Image Online
Are you in Control – On-line safety settings help to keep your child safe on-line? - Parental Controls
Keep children safe on-line whenever – wherever they are - NSPCC Keeping Children Safe Online
It’s never too early to start talking to your child about online safety - Keeping Under 5's Safe Online
Are you sure you know who your kids are talking to online? - Personal Safety Online
If your child is being bullied – Report Cyber-bullying - Cyber-Bullying
Mobile Safety Tips – keep kids safe online - Mobile Phone Safety Tips
Think U Know - Online Safety Education for 4-7 year olds - Jessie and Friends
Think U Know - Play Like Share, Keeping 8-10 year olds safe online - Play, Like, Share
All applications have a support, help and safety area eg. www.facebook.com/safety to help with privacy settings, to block and report unwanted contacts.
Share Aware, from NSPCC and O2, gives parents all the tools they need to have regular and informed conversations with their child about staying safe online. Under 20% of parents discuss online safety regularly with their children but we want to get every family talking about their child’s life online, just as they would their day at school.
Visit the Share Aware webpages for more