Guide for parents - Helping to keep children safe online
Make it a family affair
The most important thing to maintain safe Internet use within your household is 'open communication'. Talk to your children regularly, about their online activities and help them understand how to use the Internet responsibly.
Create online time limits
While the Internet is a fun way to communicate, children sometimes need to be reminded that real-life communication is just as important - promote a more balanced lifestyle for them, online and off.
Understand what should and should not be posted online
Maintaining your privacy has never been so crucial. With the entire world available at our fingertips, it is vital that your children understand that by posting information online, it receives public exposure. Personal information should not be shared - "Think before you post."
Have a family email address
Set up a family email account which can be used specifically to register for websites, competitions etc.
Assume everyone is watching
There is a huge, vast audience out there. If someone is your friend's friend, they can see everything.
Talk to your children
Your children are likely to have far greater knowledge than you about the Internet so speak to them about where they go, what sites they visit. Sit with them whilst they are using the Internet. See the links below but a good way of opening up communication is using the CEOP videos on YouTube. youtube.co.uk/ceop
Chat facilities, Webcam Chats, File Sharing Systems should NOT be used, even if they state they are for children only. The users are only electronically verified and so anyone can join. Chat facilities do not require profiles and allow for complete anonymity.
Internet has predators
The best person to keep a child safe is the child so tell them that some people online are not who they say they are. They may lie, by pretending to be someone else, like a child when in fact they are an adult. Tell them that if they are ever asked to do something or told something that either worries them or causes them concern they must tell you or an adult about it.
Information from the School:
For more information
Here are some links for some good organisations that could provide you with more information:
Thinkuknow - Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what is good, what is not and what you can do about it. thinkuknow.co.uk
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. You can also report online to CEOP. ceop.police.uk They also have a lot of videos on YouTube that you can watch with your child which is a great way to open dialogue about their online life. youtube.co.uk/ceop
Get Safe Online - Funded by several government departments, Get Safe Online provides factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. getsafeonline.org
Cybermentors - an online counselling service with a difference; the counsellors are also children and young people. cybermentors.org
Childnet - Childnet's mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. childnet.com
Kidsmart - Aimed primarily at parents and people who work with children, this site includes top tips, resources and some "SMART" rules to help teach children how to stay safe online. kidsmart.org.uk
Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) - IWF is the UK hotline for the public to report child sexual abuse content on the Internet. It works in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, and international partners to minimise the availability of this content, specifically, child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world, criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK and microphotographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK. You can report on the website. iwf.org.uk
The NCA's CEOP command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.