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Internet Safety Tips for Parents

E-Safety

The internet is integral to the lives of children of all ages. It opens up new opportunities and is now an essential part of their every day world whether they are using it for homework, to talk and share materials with their friends or for a multitude of other uses that are legitimate and beneficial in so many ways.

 

But where children go then potential offenders will follow – whether in the real or virtual world – and as a parent, guardian or carer it helps to understand more about what your child is doing online.

 

Please be aware that there are currently a number of Instagram accounts which could potentially name some of our students and accuse them of behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner. Please follow this link to learn more.

 

Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.

 

​Young people tend to use computers in different ways to adults, meaning that parents often have a vague understanding of what their children are actually doing when using the internet. The link below Will take you to the ThinkUknow website and provide some useful background information concerning aspects of internet use that have potential dangers.

Some simple tips :-

  • Keep your computer in a communal area of the house. This makes it easier to monitor what your children are viewing.
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  • Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
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  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends—personal information includes their messenger id, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends—if your child publishes a picture or video online—anyone can change it or share it.
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  • If your child receives spam / junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them.
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  • It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.
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  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online only. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
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  • Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
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  • Teach young people how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.

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