Staying Safe Online
Children use the internet regularly and may be involved in more online activity than their parents. Some children may have greater technical knowledge than their parents, but they may be unable to identify the risks of giving too much personal information online, and may be unable to spot scams as readily as adults. So take time to get involved with your children’s internet use and teach them about online safety which includes the following.
More detail is on the information commission website https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/online/social-networking/
'Think you Know' have put together advice and activity packs for parents and carers to talk to children about how to keep safe when online.
Staying Safe Online
1) Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2) Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3) Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
4) Never give out your passwords
5) Don’t befriend people you don’t know
6) Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
7) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
9) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
E-safety or E-safeguarding is a rapidly growing area with the proliferation of a range of devices in young people’s lives.
We as adults have to be extra vigilant as today’s young people have grown up with using technology and gadgets as second nature.
Quick guide for parents
- Be involved in your child’s online life, for example discuss what you child is doing on the internet, who they are meeting, what they are doing.
- Watch videos from SWGFL or Thinkyouknow to learn more about E-safety, they are updated regularly and involve many real life situations.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. As children grow older the range of technology they use grows as do the applications they use with the gadgets.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. For example ensure technology is not used away from your supervision. Ensure breaks from technology are insisted upon.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. There are some pieces of technology that obviously connect to the internet e.g. Smart Phones, Tablets and Laptops. However less obvious may be games consoles, blu-ray players or televisions.
- Consider the use of parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
- Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are online. People might not always be who they say they are. Make sure your child understands that they should never meet up with anyone they only know online without taking a trusted adult with them.
- Know what to do if something goes wrong. Look out for the CEOP reporting icon.