Keeping Children Safe Online
These pages are to provide some help with setting up parental controls for your children on the internet to keep them safe. It also contains lots of other useful hints and tips.
We all realise how important it is to keep our children safe when they are online and using the internet. Please visit the websites below for the latest e-safety information. The Internet Matters website in particular, has lots of tips and advice on how each member of the family can stay safe as possible when surfing the web. It gives an interactive, step by step guidance on how to set Parental Controls for the main Internet Service Providers.
Websites providing guidance for parents
Internet Safety Advice Videos
Online safety webinar from the team in the South East region
HMI Dan Lambert and SHMI Hilary Macdonald discuss online safety with Lorin LaFave of The Breck Foundation. The webinar features four short films, covers what Ofsted looks at on inspection, and highlights plenty of tips. This handout for further sources of information was available during the webinar: https://www.slideshare.net/Ofstednews/online-safety-useful-information-for-children-parents-and-staff
National Online Safety Centre
Guidance for parents and mobile devices
Texting & Messaging Key Points
Whilst we all agree that mobile technology is great in allowing our children easy access to the internet and to contact friends and relations, we must also be aware of our responsibilities when we allow our children access to these technologies.
Do you know who your children are texting or messaging? Do you know what they are saying? Are they bullying or intimidating? Are they being bullied or intimidated by others?
There are simple steps you can take to make sure your children are texting and messaging responsibly.
1. Do not allow them to have private accounts – know their passwords and user names so you can check their texts and messages. Check their messages on a regular basis. Facebook does not allow children under 13 to have an account.
2. Do not allow your children to have their phone or tablet in their bedroom, make sure they use these devices where other members of the family are around and only at certain times.
3. If your child does receive unpleasant messages block the number from their device – teach them how to do this. Do not reply; keep the message to show someone and tell a trusted adult as soon as possible.
4. Encourage your child to think before they text or message. They should think: Could my message be misunderstood? What do I really want to say? Would I say this if I was talking face to face with the person?
For further information please visit: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/