The internet offers great opportunities for children and young people to learn and interact with friends. But just as you would teach your child about road safety, they need to be taught about internet safety and being ‘virtually street wise’. Children should receive information about how to protect themselves on line. Childnet have information and guidance for children and parents on top tips for internet and mobile phone use. It covers things like internet security, safety tips about chatting on line and what parents can do to talk things through with their children about keeping themselves safe.
Make children aware of the risks associated with the internet such as:
- Adults who may pose a risk to children
- Identity fraud
There are ways you can protect your children through things like:
- Filtering and blocking systems
- Teach children that not everything they read on the internet may be true
- How they can report bullying on line
- How adults who may pose a risk may groom children, how to keep themselves safe and where to report things if they feel uncomfortable by a ‘friend’ they are chatting to
- How to keep personal information safe
- Put the computer in a family room where it will be easier to monitor.
To kids, online life is real life. And, just like in real life, kids need help to stay safe online.
Share Aware is an NSPCC and O2 campaign to help parents have regular and informed conversations with their child about online safety. We’re aiming to get every family in the UK chatting about their kids’ online world, just like they would about their day at school.
We tell children that it’s good to share, but online it’s different and sometimes it can be dangerous.
Through straight-forward, step-by-step advice and Icebreaker email series, parents will know how to untangle the web and teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when parents aren’t there.
- Our new TV ad – Safety advice from a 10 year old (see above).
- Icebreakers email series – We’ve teamed up with O2 to create a bespoke email series full of tips and information on different issues eg cyberbullying and inappropriate content, with activities parents can complete with their child.
- Family agreements – We have created a downloadable family agreements document for families to complete and fill in together.
- Share Aware homepage – Read our step-by-step guide to being Share Aware and our TEAM (Talk, Explore, Manage, Agree) framework on how to stay safe online in four simple steps.
- Net Aware – Our guide to the most popular social networks sites, apps and games that children use. New sites site such as Musical.ly, Kiwi and Pokemon Go have been added this year, along with a breaking news page and top tips from O2 Gurus on blocking, private account settings or in-app purchases. The new Net Aware can be downloaded on both iOS and Android.
- Teaching resources – Download Share Aware teaching resources for use in the classroom.
- Specialised advice – Advisors at our O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline – 0808 800 5002 – are here to help with any questions, or anyone can make an appointment with a Guru in store.
Lee and Kim’s Adventure… Animal Magic
Watch “Lee and Kim’s Adventure… Animal Magic” video by CEOP, about Lee and Kim who are brother and sister. They like playing on the internet together and their favourite game is Animal Magic and find themselves in a tricky situation – your child might enjoy similar sites such as Club Penguin or Moshi Monsters. Read Lee and Kim’s Adventure Storybook
Switched On Families – Virgin Media
Switched On Families is about giving parents clear, honest, useful (and sometimes even fun) support to make sure your family gets the best from the web. You know your kids best, but at Virgin Media, they know a thing or two about the web and want to help you make informed and confident choices.
For further information about internet safety visit any of the following websites:
The UK Safer Internet Centre have produced a number of helpful guides highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly. For more details visit their website
Internet Matters have produced a number of guides to give parents information about the latest apps and technologies children are using.