We hope you find it both useful and informative.
The Internet has become an integral part of children’s lives. Most of us use it every day. We can search for information and find things out. We can see pictures of faraway places and talk to people on the other side of the world. We can share things with our family and friends and publish information of our own like photographs or diaries. We can do all of this just by pushing a few buttons! This, however, brings with it the need to ensure that our children are safe while online.
The thing to remember is that the internet is an anonymous place. A place where anybody in the world can be publishing anything they like, pretending to be anybody. It’s important to remember that anyone can put anything on the internet. Following the simple rules below will help to keep you safe online:
Be SMART online
Secret (keep your address, email address, full name, phone number and school a secret)
Meeting (never agree to meet someone you’ve only met online)
Attachments (junk email can be dangerous so don’t just open them)
Reliable (remember that what you see online may not be true)
Tell (if you see anything that makes you feel unsafe online)
CEOP is the main UK agency responsible for keeping children safe on-line and has a wealth of information and links to help you. This is predominantly aimed at adults. Click here for the website.
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email. Click here for the website.
This site aims to make online parenting simple. Even if the only search engine you use is a pair of binoculars, do not despair. Here you’ll find practical tips and simple guidance. Click here for the website.
Please read these helpful guides to keep your child safe online: