It is really important to chat with your children on an ongoing basis about staying safe on-line.
NOT SURE WHERE TO BEGIN? THESE CONVERSATION STARTER SUGGESTIONS CAN HELP.
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing on-line.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help someone! Perhaps they can show you how to do something better on-line or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you each use the internet. What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?
With the internet so accessible it’s important that young people can ‘surf the net’ safely. With that in mind, we’ve put together a handful of the best sites that have content suitable both for young people and for their teachers, parents or carers.
The Think U Know website is well worth taking a look at, with separate sections for children aged 5-7, 8-10, 11-16 year olds.
Another website of interest is Childnet’s Kid Smart, where young people can play games and test their internet safety knowledge. Parents and carers can also find all sorts of useful resources too.
If you need to report a case of online abuse:
This link will take you to the CEOP website, the essential place to go if you have experienced online bullying.