At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem.
Education around safe use is essential.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the online safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
Scroll down or use the menu tabs to find useful links and websites to help to keep you and your children safe online.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Link: Click CEOP - Internet Safety
A site specifically designed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) for parents with lots of answers to frequently asked questions about online gaming, social networking and instant messenging. It also includes informational videos parents can watch with their children and How To guides.
Great site for Parents that includes conversation starters for families, advice on where to go for help and 'Hot Topics' such as Cyberbullying, Social Networking and Online Exploitation.
Organisers of Safer Internet Day, the UK Safer Internet Centre's website has great tips on locking down social networking sites, adding parental controls provided by broadband suppliers and includes a parents guide to technology.
Help and advice for families in a digital world. Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.
A guide to social networks, apps and games and support for parents and carers from the NSPCC. Let's keep kids safe online.
Supporting families online. Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.
Online Safety Guidance for Parents