E-safety for parents
On this page you will find useful information and guidance to help you keep your children safe when they are using the internet. Remember this does not just apply to using a computer as many gaming machines and mobile phones allow access to the internet.
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
- If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film. Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
Vodaphone have put together a list of How to Guides from Digital Parenting magazine – from How to set Blackberry controls to How to use YouTube safely. We hope you find them useful.
The following website provides a fantastic insight into games, apps and websites, creating reviews and rating them in terms of their suitability for children by age. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/reviews
The web sites below all have resources which you might also find helpful.
Google SafeSearch UK for Kids excludes explicit material from your search results.