“The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?” – NSPCC
The Internet is an integral part of children's lives. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to a world of information and experiences. As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are essential skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so.
So how can you protect your child online?
If you understand the Internet and understand what the risks are, there are a number of things you can do that will make your child safer online. Below you will find a list of some websites you can visit to find out more.
The NSPCC has launched a new campaign about the importance of parental controls - NSPCC - Parental Controls
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – a site run by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre) with up to date information for children of different ages and parents.
www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology - A guide to answer questions and introduce some of the most popular communication devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
http://www.swgfl.org.uk/safe - provides online safety advice for parents, children and schools.