Children being inquisitive and taking risks are natural parts of growing up. However, technology is changing the way young people can do this.
Below is information to help parents support their children to be safe online. Much of the information was taken from the excellent CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection ) website.
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Be involved in your child’s online life
For many of today’s young people there is no line between the online and offline worlds. Young people use the internet to socialise and grow and, just as you guide and support them offline, you should be there for them online too. Talk to them about what they’re doing – if they know you understand they are more likely to approach you if they need support.
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online
Be inquisitive and interested in the new gadgets and sites that your child is using. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are
Make sure your child knows never to meet up with someone they only know online. People might not always be who they say they are. Make sure your child understands that they should never meet up with anyone they only know online without taking a trusted adult with them.
Know what to do if something goes wrong
Just as in the offline world, you want to help your child when they need it. Therefore, it is important to know when and how to report any problem.
The Internet Watch Foundation can help you if you need to get content removed from the internet. If your son or daughter has been involved in sexting and the images or videos have been posted online, then the IWF can help get them removed.
CEOP pursue those who sexually exploit and abuse children; prevent people becoming involved in child sexual exploitation and; protect children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. If you are concerned about your child being exploited, then make a report here.
The Safer Internet Centre has instructions on setting up safe filters on your home internet connection. Click on the icon to find out more.
Click on a key risk below to find out more.
- Inappropriate websites
- Losing control over pictures and videos
- Online reputation
- Parents guide to E-safety
- Parents guide to snapchat
- Digital Parenting (Vodaphone)
- Southwest grid for learning E-safety resources
- Net Aware
Do you know what your kids are looking at on their smartphones and tablets?
Sometimes you just have to trust them, but with technology you can make sure that you kids are viewing appropriate content.
According to your own needs, you may only want one app to keep a watchful eye. This list contains apps that restrict functionality, keep tabs on locations and report online activities. All in all the 10 Android parental control apps try to cover almost every aspect of parental control, from mild to paranoid.