Staying safe online
|Think U Know||Guidance on all aspects of the internet specifically for parents and carers|
|Childnet||Advice on how to keep your child safe online|
|Vodafone||“How To” guides and expert advice|
|Childline||Staying safe online from a child’s perspective|
|NSPCC||A guide to setting parental controls|
|CEOP||A collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations|
"A useful way for us all to think about this is to look at how we protect children in places of benefit and risk in the real (offline) world: public swimming pools. Here there are safety signs and information; shallow as well as deep ends; swimming aids and lifeguards; doors, locks and alarms. However, children will sometimes take risks and jump into waters too deep for them or want to climb walls and get through locked doors - therefore we also teach them how to swim. We must adopt the same combination of approaches in order to enable our children and young people to navigate these exciting digital waters while supporting and empowering them to do so safely."
Dr Tanya Byron, The Byron Review
The internet is such an integral part of our lives these days, opening up many educational and social opportunities, giving us access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences. Whether on a laptop at school, a games console or mobile phone, young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
So, how can you protect your child online? If you understand the internet and understand what the risks are, there are a number of things you can do that will make your child safer online.
This page offers links to a number of trusted sites with information on how you can protect your family online, allowing them to go online safely and securely while still being able to enjoy the many positive benefits of the internet.