The internet is an amazing and exciting tool that can be a powerful addition to our children’s education. However, as with crossing the road and helping in the kitchen we need to educate our children how to use it safely. Below you will find some information to assist you with this.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
- CEOP ThinkUKnow
- CEOP’s ThinkUknow parents section
- Digital Parenting Magazine from Vodafone
- Internet terms and Language: A Guide for Parents
- PEGI games rating
- Safer Internet Centre
- ‘Simple Steps to Parental Controls’
How to Deal with Concerns
If at any point you have any concerns about your child’s safety on line please report it to CEOP (a police led online crime and safety service) using this link:
CEOP always reccommend the following;
- If you need urgent help, i.e, your child is in immediate danger such as meeting a stranger they have met online, then call 999.
- Don’t delete any emails, images or conversations related to this report
- Don’t contact the suspect yourself. Let us do the detective work
Most sites will have their own report buttons too or facility to block people and pages that cause you concern.
It is advisable to look at the website of your broadband provider or contact them as many of the large providers and restrictions and controls that you can put in place to restrict your child’s use of the internet in your home. You can also action restrictions on individual devices. Below are some links to relevant website which might assist you in this:
Firefox – Firefox has an add-on called ‘Fox Filter’ which can be applied.
Internet Explorer does have parental/family settings. Please follow instructions below to set parental controls:
To set controls:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Select “Tools” from the toolbar
- Select “Internet Options”
- Choose the “Content” tab
- Click “Enable”
- Adjust the slider to select the level you deem appropriate for your child
- Save changes
***Please remember that Social Media Sites (e.g. Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Instagram etc) have aminimum age requirement of 13+ in their terms and conditions. Also Whats App and other internet based messaging services can only be used by 16 year olds and over.***