As it’s Safer Internet Day, we have wrote up a blog post which contains useful information for parents on conversation ideas, risks to children online and how to protect children online.
Conversation starters with your child
Ask your child to tell you what they like most about the internet and why.
What does a better internet mean to them?
Ask your child what they would like others to do to make the internet a better place.
What could your child do to make the internet a better place?
Encourage your child to help and support others online.
Ask your child if they know where to go for help and if they know where to find privacy settings.
Ask your child what they would do if they saw hateful content online.
Think about how the whole family uses the internet together? Are there activities you can enjoy as a family?
Ask your child to tell you how they stay safe online.
Risks to children online
Be aware that people online that you don’t know can see details that you’ve shared, such as your phone number, address and email.
Cyber bullying is a big risk to children online. If there are any concerns that your child is being bullied, report it straight away.
Online friends that children may talk to might not be who they say they are. Never meet an online friend without parents’ permission.
There’s adult content online that children shouldn’t see. If children come across it, block it on the PC so that they don’t have access to it.
There are websites online that children will not know about. There’s a risk that they may click on an insecure website.
How to protect children online
Parents should watch what their children are doing online. Children should also know that they need to tell their parents if they get any nasty messages.
Block certain websites that are unsuitable for children’s viewing.
If children are being bullied online, keep the evidence of it. Parents can then report it to either school or the police with the evidence.
Tell children to create strong passwords if they’re on social networking sites. This is so no one else can get into their personal details.
Teach children that they shouldn’t open any links that they don’t trust. There could be a virus attached or the site could be insecure.
Much of this information was taken from the national SID website. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019
These are the sources of support available, including:
Your guide to the social networks your kids use – Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
Top internet safety tips from young people
CEOP (Child Exploitation On-line Protection)
CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.
UK Safer Internet Centre
UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.