Online Safety - Talking to your Children

The internet offers us all huge opportunities for learning and entertainment. As our children take advantage of this, it’s vital that we help them learn about keeping safe online. We teach the basics of online safety in school, but this is an ongoing discussion that needs to continue at home too.

Just as you would teach children the Green Cross Code, or basic fire safety, they need to learn the skills to navigate the internet and all that it offers.

The following resources for parents will help you understand the challenges and give you some tools to help you keep your children safe online.

Internet Matters 

Age-specific advice covering everything from cyberbullying to sexting.

Common Sense Media

As well as useful advice on parental controls and managing internet use, this website hosts reviews (with recommended age-ratings) from parents and children for games, apps, tv shows and films. 

Hectors World

Internet safety advice & videos for 5-7 year olds

Support at school

We’ve had presentations from e-safety expert Alan Mackenzie http://www.esafety-adviser.com/ and his organisation produces a free regular magazine which can be downloaded here: Ditto magazine

Childnet International

More advice about helping keep your children safe online.

 

Five top tips to keep yourself safe online

  • Don’t post personal information online – for example your email, address or phone number.
  • Think carefully before posting comments, pictures or videos – once they are online they are in the public domain forever.
  • Don’t become friends with people you don’t know online, tell a trusted adult if someone you’ve met online suggests meeting up in real life.
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, leave the website and tell a trusted adult straight away.
  • Remember age ratings are there for a reason – if you’re worried about playing a game speak to a trusted adult. Nobody should pressure you into playing games you’re not comfortable with.