Children being inquisitive and taking risks are natural parts of growing up. However, technology is changing the way young people can do this.
Below is information to help parents support their children to be safe online. Much of the information was taken from the excellent CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) site.
National Online safety
NOS have produced a series of free online safety guides for parents.
They are available here. No registration is required. They look like they are aimed at younger children, but the information is really useful.
Activity for children
BBC Bitesize has a great quiz to raise awareness of e-safety to young people.
Be involved in your child’s online life
For many of today’s young people, there is no line between the online and offline worlds. Young people use the internet to socialise and grow and, just as you guide and support them offline, you should be there for them online too. Talk to them about what they’re doing – if they know you understand they are more likely to approach you if they need support.
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online
Be inquisitive and interested in the new gadgets and sites that your child is using. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are
Make sure your child knows never to meet up with someone they only know online. People might not always be who they say they are. Make sure your child understands that they should never meet up with anyone they only know online without taking a trusted adult with them.
Know what to do if something goes wrong
Just as in the offline world, you want to help your child when they need it. See the section before for important to know when and how to report any problem.