Tips for Parents
It is important for parents to lead by example and remember to teach the STOP, THINK, POST strategy promoted in school. Parents should discuss Internet safety in the home and monitor Internet use.
- Try where possible to keep the computer in a communal area of the home.
- Take an interest in what children are doing. Discuss what they are seeing and using on the Internet.
- Monitor on-line time and be aware of excessive hours spent on the Internet.
- Make children aware that chat rooms and social networking sites are for teenagers aged 13 years + because children younger are not mature enough to manage the responsibility social networking brings with it.
- Advise children to take care and to use the Internet in a sensible and responsible manner. Know the SMART tips and go over them with your child.
- Discuss the fact that there are websites which are unsuitable.
- Discuss how children should respond to unsuitable materials or requests.
- Remind children never to give out personal information on the Internet.
- Remind children never to upload photographs onto the Internet that they would be uncomfortable showing you.
- Remind children that people on line may not be who they say they are.
- Be vigilant. Ensure that children do not arrange to meet someone they meet online.
- Be aware that children may be using the Internet in places other than in their own home or at school.
- Remember to monitor other devices such as X Boxes, mobile phones, iPads, smart TV's, which also have access to the Internet but may not be in a communal area.
- Remember children are not allowed mobile phones in school unless they have written permission from their parents and they must leave them in the school office during the school day.
- Remind children if they are permitted to bring a digital device to school on a rare occasion that they must abide by the teacher's rules. Children should be aware that they may be asked to delete any photos/videos etc deemed unsuitable and misuse of digital devices will be dealt with via the appropriate discipline policy.
If you wish any more to know any more the following websites give information on Internet safety
Think U Know - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
kidSMART for parents- http://old.kidsmart.org.uk/parents/
Have a concern?
It is important to stay calm and consider the steps below.
Find out more
Before doing anything, take a deep breath and try to remain calm. There’s lots of information and advice on this site to help you keep your child safe and access support. Further support if you are concerned about your child.
Talking to your child
Having a calm and open conversation is one way for you and your child to explore what is happening in an honest and supportive way. There’s advice on this site on how to help your child and how to start the conversation if you are concerned that they are being sexually abused. Concerned that your child is being sexually abused?
Discuss your concerns with someone you trust, for example a friend, partner or your child’s school. You can also talk to a professional at the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. Talking about it will help you decide the best action to take to ensure your child is safe. If you are concerned that a child has been, or is being sexually abused, you should report it. You can report directly to CEOP or your local police force. If you think your child is in immediate danger call 999. Report an incident to CEOP.
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