Children at St Mary’s Catholic Primary school use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into your homes. Facebook/Bebo/Myspace - Many of these site have a minimum age limit of 13, so pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as Skoovile, allowing children to communicate with anyone.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
- Keep computers in a centralized location.
- Be aware of what websites your child visits
- Monitor your child’s on- line accounts and emails.
- Utilize the parental controls available through your internet service provider.
- Talk to your child about the real dangers of Cyberbullying.
- Familiarize yourself with technology and social networking sites and their privacysettings.
- Join the same social networking sites your child has.
- Set parental controls on your computers.
- Google your child’s name to see what information comes up.
- Ask questions: Can what you post be misinterpreted? Who are you talking to?
- What does your profile say about you?
- Remind your child that colleges, coaches, employers, and even banks have the same access that your child has and what they post now could affect him/her later in life.
Websites to find out more about internet safety
- CEOP: Organisation that works to stop child abuse on the internet.
- Childnet: Information on benefits, risks and safety on the internet
- Which?: Information and advice on child internet safety
- Think U know: containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced be CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
If you need more help with Internet Safety, or if you wish to report a problem go to CEOP.
E-safety is so important in this new age of technology!