E-Safety

HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE

Advice and guidance for parents and carers

The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to a world of information and experiences.

Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and 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. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are theirs for life. 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 to harm them.

POPULAR WEBSITES

This section gives a brief outline of popular sites your child may want to access and what they do.

Facebook is a social network, which lets you create a page about yourself. You can add friends, share pictures and videos, write on people’s pages, send instant messages and join online groups.

Twitter is a messaging service that lets you post public messages called tweets. These can be up to 140 characters long. As well as tweets, you can send private messages. Brands and companies can also have Twitter accounts.

Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo or short video to your friends. The ‘snap’ appears on screen for a matter of seconds before disappearing. There’s also a feature called Snapchat Story that lets you share lots of snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours.

Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content and use hashtags to share experiences, thoughts or memories with an online community. You can follow your friends, family, celebrities and even companies on Instagram. YouTube is a place to watch, create and share videos. Videos can include things like music, animation, online blogs and clips from TV shows. You can create your own YouTube account, create a music playlist, and even create your own channel, which means you will have a public profile, and it allows you to comment on videos and create video playlists.

For more information regarding these and all other websites please click on the information icon above.

INTERNET FOR PARENTS (HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR CHILD ONLINE?)

In this section we will provide links to websites that will inform you of all you need to know about how to ensure your child is safe when going online.

Childnet CEOP - Safety Centre NSPCC
WCC eSafety Advice for Parents/Carers Think U Know Webwise
Facebook Staying Safe Online Advice Parents' Guide to Technology Setting Home Internet Parental Controls
Facebook: Ten Ways To Stay Safe YouTube Snapchat Parental Guide
Get Safe Online Ask FM Anonymous Sites Instagram Guide
BBC iPlayer Parental Lock ITV Parental Lock 4OD Parental Lock
Sky Go Parental Controls Google Safe Search

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