The Internet can be a wonderful place to learn, shop, play games, and talk to your friends. Unfortunately, there are also many dangers that we need to be aware of when we use it. In order to be safe online, it's important for you and your children to be aware of these dangers.
Many children are confident that they know how to be safe online. However, there are a few reasons children are often more at risk. They may not always think about the consequences of their actions, which can cause them to share too much information about themselves. Children also are sometimes specifically targeted by cyberbullies or predators.
At school, we have a range of ways that we keep children safe online and educate them about the potential risks that they may be taking when using the online world.
If you're a parent or guardian, you can help to keep your kids safe by talking to them about their Internet use, teaching them about online dangers, and learning everything you can about the Internet so you can make informed decisions.
Resources for Parents
Below are some links to useful websites. These offer advice and support on how to talk to your child about staying safe online as well as advice about what you can do as a parent.
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
NSPCC Online safety
Kidscape Online safety
Resources for Children
These links give you information about ways that you can keep yourself safe online.
Staying Safe Online