Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks. Whether you are unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it is important that you talk to your child about staying safe online.
You do not need to be an expert on the internet but all the information may feel daunting. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.
The world changes. Children don’t.
There are three categories of risk when it comes to online safety:
- Content - being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
- Contact - being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
- Conduct - personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm
Pupils are taught about E-Safety in digital lessons, PSED/PSHEE lessons and have had an Internet safety day. They are taught the SMART Rules.
If you require any additional information, please click on the following links:
Thinkuknow - has information for children and parents
Childnet International - supporting young people online
O2 has paired up with NSPCC and brought out a booklet entitled ‘Your child’s online world’ with some useful hints and tips. For more information, use www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety.
The Share Aware website also gives useful information on how to keep your child safe online when using social network, apps and games: NSPCC - Keeping Children Safe