Teaching children to keep themselves safe online is an important part of our job as a school. However it is just as important that parents are aware of the dangers and ensure their children are safe at home. There is a huge range of devices in the home which connect to the internet, from smart phones and computers to televisions and games consoles.
Remember – Internet Service Providers (such as Virgin, BT, Sky and PlusNet) all have parental controls which you need to ‘switch on’ – just contact your provider, or take a look at these videos here.
- Talk to your child about their use if the internet! Be part of what they are doing…
- Make sure you know what connects to the internet and how.
- Set boundaries! Be clear about how long they can be online and what they can do online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
- Don’t forget though: Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills. They can have a play at this site.
- Don’t let them lie about their age, most social media sites (such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat) are not for children under 13. There is more guidance here
Games Consoles – such as Xbox or Playstation – all have parental controls which can be enabled in the ‘Settings’ . However, they only work if your child is playing on account which has their information. In other words if the console knows how old the player is!
- PlayStation 3 information is here.
- Playstation 4 information is here.
- Xbox 360 information is here.
- Xbox One information is here.
- Nintendo information is here.
Get Safer Online also covers many aspects on online security such as online banking, identity theft and keeping children safe.
If you have a child who is due to start Secondary School find more information here.