You don't need to be a technical expert to protect your child on the internet. Below are some very simple steps to get you started.
What should I do if I’m worried about my child’s safety online?
- Talk to your child about the websites that they use. By understanding and involving yourself in their internet use, you're helping to keep them safe
- Be positive about the internet and remember that it is a fantastic learning and communication tool
- Try not to overreact to minor issues. If your child worries that you may take away their internet access, they could become secretive and hide problems from you
- Keep PCs, laptops and games consoles out of bedrooms wherever possible. Having the laptop in a family room makes it easier for you to monitor your child's internet use, whilst still giving them privacy
- Set clear ground rules and expectations for your child's online behaviour. If they understand what is and isn't acceptable, it may help them to navigate any problems in the future
Safe use of technology booklet
Information and advice for parents and carers around the safe use of technology is available to download:
Where can I find more online safety information?
- Parent Info provides up-to date, expert information for parents on a range of concerns
- Bullying.co.uk has a range of advice and support about cyberbullying
- Thinkuknow is an award-winning on and offline safety programme with resources for parents
- UK Safer Internet Centre has resources for parents and carers
- Callersmart - helping parents and carers better understand the issues surrounding cyberbullying and how to help their children should they become a victim
- NSPCC Share Aware has advice on keeping children safe
- parentinfo.org/page/for-schools - designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line.