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 E-Safety Advice

  A new resource to help parents can be found through this link

 

                 http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/

 

The Internet is an amazing resource and has certainly made the world a much smaller place. Through social networking sites like Bebo and Facebook, and 'chat' programs such as MSN and Habba Hotel it has become possible to communicate, share pictures and files and even video with people all around the globe - at the touch of a button.

 

In a recent survey conducted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection unit (CEOP), 82% of parents did not know what they children were doing on the Internet, who they were talking to or what websites they were accessing.

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The risks of the Internet have been made greater with the increased popularity of Internet and chat enabled mobile phones, so our youngsters can access the Internet anywhere, anytime, with or without supervision.

 

Every year, children take part in Internet Safety lessons through ICT and PSHE so that they can learn to be safe and smart cyber citizens. We also offer a parents' Internet Safety Seminar in school each year.  You will find more details about this in the calendar of event son the home page.

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 Keep the computer in a family room so that you can passively supervise what is going on. This way your children are less likely to put themselves at risk.

 

Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.

 Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
 

Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post on their profiles. Remind them that once published online, it is there for ever and anyone can change or share these images of them.

 

It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as result sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.

 

If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.

 

It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.

 

Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it's better to only add mates that they know. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.

 

Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.

 Make time to take an interest in what they are doing online.  Get them to teach you how to add contacts and view the Internet history.
 

For more information try some of these great sites! 

 Thinkuknow  ChildNet  Kid Smart    
MumsNet UKCCIS