More and more parents are becoming aware of the issues surrounding e-safety and ask for our advice or to be pointed in the right direction to find more information.
'Do not give any personal information away, including photographs and names,' shared one child.
How can parents increase children's safety on the Internet?
There are actions parents can take on their home computer to restrict what children do.
- Make sure that children do not have administrative access on the computer. It is very easy to set up separate user accounts for everyone who uses the computer Once that is done the following become possible
- Activate Parental controls in the web browser. In Internet Explorer go to tools>Internet Options>Content>Parental Controls and also to Content Advisor. Other browsers such as Firefox have their own features
- Install web filtering/blocking software such as Cyber Patrol or Web Nanny
- Use child-friendly Search Engines.
- Find out as much as you can by accessing the National Online Safety Guides below and visiting the suggested websites.
Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Inappropriate Content Online Advice for Parents
Tips for staying safe online:
- Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
- Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.