Using the internet, mobile phones and games consoles are now an every-day part of young people's lives. However, there are risks for children and you as parents need to know how to protect your children effectively.
In school we teach the children how to use the internet safely and we hope that the information on this page will help parents in protecting their children when they are ‘online’ at home.
Top Tips for Parents:
1. Communicate with your child about their online habits.
2. Have up to date anti-virus protection.
3. Setup parental controls on your Internet Service Provider (ISP; your ISP will be able to give more information about how to do this).
4. Make sure you are familiar with the www.thinkuknow.co.uk website.
5. Always seek advice if unsure.
‘How to’ Guides:
Advice from Herts for Learning
- www.childnet-int.org – A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce an online CD guide specifically for parents KnowITAll – www.childnet-int.org/kia/
- www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers. There are different sections for different age groups.
- www.getsafeonline.org A beginners guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.
- www.kidsmart.org.uk – Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children’s internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.www.bullying.co.uk – One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
- www.parents.vodafone.com – Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents with understanding their child’s digital world and get more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!
- www.internetmatters.org – Lots of guidance and articles for parents about keeping their children safe online, including specific guidance for parents/carers of children with SEND (see leaflet below)
Supporting young people with SEND online