The best way to help your child to be a safe when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules:



  • You should never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends.
  • Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room..
  • If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply. They should save the message and show you or another trusted adult.
  • Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or  worse – an inappropriate image or film.
  • An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online friends’ without an adult they trust.
  • Make sure they know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.

 

Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child and let them know you trust them.



 

There are many resources available to parents to support them in making their online experience as safe as possible. We do not advise parents to 'ban' all technologies from the home. We advocate the safe use of ICT and the internet and for parents to be 'in the know' about how to monitor and protect their children and themselves online.

Click on the following websites to find out more - we use these resources in school.

       Click here to visit the UK Safer Internet Centre - a useful resource for parents!

 

Below is a very useful document published by the London Grid for Learning. View this for the latest e-safety advice or alternatively click here to download and print the document for your reference.