Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks such cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate. That's why it's important for them to know how to stay safe online.
Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.
It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.
Here at Parrenthorn High School we go to great lengths to keep your child safe whilst using the internet in school. However, it is recognized by all leading agencies, including the Department for Education & Skills that using the internet can never be 100% safe. We have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) which outlines to you and your children safe working practices and procedures and we are routinely conducting eSafety assemblies and tutor group workshops as well as dedicated E-safety IT classes.
Technology has many benefits, but as you hear in the news, it also has many dangers, below are some useful resources to ensuring your child is safe on the internet at home.
- THINK about how you guide your family in the real world and do the same in the digital world – don’t be afraid to set boundaries and rules for your child from a young age
- HAVE a go at some of the technologies your son or daughter enjoys – play on the Wii together or ask them to help set you up on Facebook if you’re not already a member
- TALK to your friends, family and other parents about how they help their children to manage their digital world – you might pick up some interesting tips
- MAKE the most of tools like Parental Controls on computers, mobiles and games consoles, privacy features on social networking sites, and safety options on Google and other search engines
- TRY not to use technology as a babysitter too often – we all do it sometimes but it’s important to know what your child is doing
- MAKE digital issues part of everyday conversation – show your child that you understand how important technology is to them and talk about all its amazing benefits, but don’t shy away from difficult subjects like responsible online behaviour, bullying and pornography