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Online Safety for Parents / Carers

How to keep your child safe online: a guide for Parents and Carers 

The technology that the Internet and World Wide Web provide has benefited our lives and the education of children. However, we need to be very aware of the difficulties it sometimes can present and how to deal with them.

The CEOP button on the website is specifically for reporting online sexual exploitation or child exploitation concerns.  If you have any other concerns please speak to a Designated Safeguarding Lead at school (see attachment below).

The following is a guide to help protect your child’s online activities.

It is worth also reading the pupil Top Tips on this website. These are the core of our teaching to keep all our pupils safe online.

Have a conversation and go on the journey with your child

Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.

Ask them how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What do they think is okay and not okay 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! Can they show you how to do something better online or do they have a friend who would benefit from their help?

Think about how you safely use the Internet. What more could you do to use the Internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?

Use Safety Tools

Most online services offer some safety features that can help you manage access to age-appropriate content, report concerns, or protect your privacy.

Think about the Internet sites and services your family use and check out the helpful features.

Talk to your children and make sure they know how to use the safety tools on the sites and services they use.

Use Parental Controls

The four big Internet providers in the UK are BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media. They all provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. 

For more details visit the UK Safer Internet Centre and their webpage on Parental Controls below.

Devices Use

Most smartphones, tablets, and gaming devices now connect to the Internet.

Visit the Internet Matters webpage about safety features on specific devices below and how to change settings..

Free WiFi

Free WiFi is available in a range of places now but always look for the ‘Friendly WiFi’ sign to know that controls are in place.

Use the links for more help or advice 

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command)

UK Safer Internet Centre

 

Think You Know

Childline