This page the gives brief advice to parents and signposts to further resources if needed.
Online safety is an impotant part of our school curriculum and it is vital that this is supported by parents modelling the behavior at home. Of course each home is different and each family will have different devices on hand. This is currently complicated by the national lockdown and limited access to school, and there may be more times when your child is online chatting to friends or family – livestreaming – and it is important to be mindful of the platform that is used for this and any security or safeguarding issues there may be.
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 Nintendo Switch, Xbox or Playstation – all have parental controls which can be enabled in the ‘Settings’ . These only work if your child is playing on account which has their information. In other words if the console needs to know how old the player is.
- PlayStation 3 information is here.
- Playstation 4 information is here.
- Playstation 5 information is here.
- Xbox 360 information is here.
- Xbox One and Xbox S information is here.
- Nintendo information is here.
Get Safer Online also covers many aspects on online security such as online banking, identity theft, viruses and keeping children safe.
Other advice can be found here:
If you have a child who is due to start Secondary School find more information here.