E-Safety Tips for Parents
The Internet is a fantastic resource for everyone. Technology brings about opportunities for our children which our generation could only dream about.
It also brings about a new set of risks which parents need to understand.
Cyber-bullying, grooming, access to unsuitable content, viruses and illegal content are all areas which need to be dealt with if your family use the Internet.
Here is a simple list of considerations to help you and your family enjoy the Internet safely.
- Talk to your children about using the Internet to agree what is acceptable – when, where, and how long is it acceptable for them to be on the Internet.
- Enjoy the Internet with your children. Keep the computers in a common area such as your living room rather than your child’s bedroom.
- Help your family avoid unsavoury content by using “parental controls”. These may be offered by your Internet Service Provider.
- Practice good “electronic hygiene” by ensuring your computers have antivirus software and are kept up to date.
- Be aware that there are many ways to access the Internet. It’s not just about home PC’s – mobile phones, tablets and even TV’s often provide ways to access the Internet – and it’s not always easy to control content accessed by these devices
- Use Internet resources such as www.internetmatters.org for more help or read the NSPCC's Guide to Being Share Aware (a parent's guide to helping you keep your child safe online)
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