Safer Internet Day Tuesday 09 February 2016 Information
Dear Parents and Carers
Online communication is now an integral part of everyday life for many people. It is a world of fun, communication, information, and knowledge. The online world can be one with which many parents and carers are not confident. We hope the information detailed below is helpful. You don’t need to be a computer expert to understand how to help your children stay safe online and just as in real life; there are basic things you can help them understand. Online safety is now being taught as part of the curriculum and there is help for parents and carers too.
While the rapid growth of digital technologies has enriched the lives of young people, it has also given rise to a new and worrying phenomenon-cyberbullying.
The following link from Learning Curve Education is a helpful resource.
Top tips include:
- Teach your children never to give out any personal and private information to people that they do not know online
- Ask your children to show you the programs they use online such as Facebook, Twitter or MSN
- Never let anyone use your password and never use anyone else’s password to access a PC or the Internet
Keep up to date with Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) on Facebook and YouTube for the latest information, videos and chat about how to stay safe online.
ThinkUKnow is a great place to learn more about how to help you, and your family stay safer online. The team at ThinkUKnow offer great advice and resources for young people as well. They have split their website up into categories – advice for 5-7-year-olds, advice for 8-10-year-olds and advice for 11-16-year-olds. You can find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
Safety advice sites & family safety software: