You were taught road safety,
You were taught rail safety,
You were taught to play safely.
But now we are in the 21st Century and your children need to be taught online safety.
Children access the Internet on:
They blog, chat, enter competitions, social network, email, watch TV online, download and upload information. They are creative at making music, making films and making web content.
This page will provide you with some basic information to help you feel more confident in supporting your child to be safe online.
There are many benefits of having access to digital technologies. Here are some of them:
You can make a huge difference if you talk to your child about how they use digital technology, let them know you are there to guide them and pass on essential safety advice. Here are some do’s and don’ts:
Earlier in the year we held a workshop for parents who wanted to know more about social media and who felt concerned about how their children used the internet.
We covered the main social media platforms - what they are, what's good about them and what to be wary of - plus how to amend your privacy settings on each one.
IT teacher Mr McCall also gave an excellent talk on how we form a digital footprint online and how that could affect us in the present and in the future.
All parents agreed that they found the evening useful, informative and that they would like to attend another.
You can view the presentation from our event here.
You can see feedback from those who attended here.
A guide for parents about the potential dangers facing their children on the internet, plus advice on what parents can do to help counter these hazards: www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/Yourchildshealthandsafety/Internetsafety
Find the latest information on web sites, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it: www.thinkyouknow.co.uk
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) brings together organisations from industry, charities and the public sector to work with the Government to deliver the recommendations from Safer Children in a Digital World consultation: http://www.education.gov.uk/ukccis,
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children: www.childnet-int.org
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children about internet safety: www.ceop.gov.uk
Parents can check out a selection of useful websites relating to online safety here.