How do I ensure my child is kept safe online?
It is important that pupils know what to do to stay safe when accessing the internet. The following are some ways you can help your children to stay safe online:
- Help your child to avoid seeing inappropriate content online by discouraging them for clicking on pop-ups or links that they have not been directed to by their class teacher.
- Ensure they know to tell a trusted adult straight away if they see anything they don’t like online or are worried about what someone has said to them online.
- Talk to your child and remind them to not share any personal data
- Ensure they are aware to be mindful of how they speak to others online
and remember that all actions they take have a digital footprint.
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Age Restrictions for popular social media platforms
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Recommended Websites to support with digital safety
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, offers advice to parents but also age appropriate advice and games for children age 4+.
What issues could be affecting your children? Get to grips with what they may come across on the internet and how to get help if you need it. Find out what to do if you’re worried about anything you or your child has seen online. https://www.internetmatters.org/
This website also offers guidance for how to set up parental controls for different devices, apps and platforms. But remember, controls and tools aren’t always 100% effective and tech-savvy kids sometimes find their way round them.
The ‘Bullying UK’ website deals not only with cyber bullying but bullying of any nature. In relation to cyber bullying the site tackles what to do, the effects of cyber bullying and staying safe online.
Safer internet has advice and resources to support parents and children to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
For further support with Online Safety follow this link: https://onlinecompass.org.uk/
Online Compass is a tool that shows you what you can do to make the use of technology safer for you and your family.
The tool allows you to self assess where you rate your current online safety and then make suggestions on how to be safer online.