How many of us have or know someone who has a computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, smart tv, gaming devices including Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PSP Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi?
Not long ago we may have just had one internet enabled device in the home. Now we have many. Whilst they can enable our lives to be easier and more fun, we need to be aware of the risks especially to our children.
Our children are smart. They know how to use technology often better than we do. The websites that they are interested in change so frequently that we lose touch with what they are doing. They become fashionable to their peer groups, especially the social networking sites. For example children don’t text as frequently they use Snapchat and WhatsApp, which allows free communication where there is wireless access, and social chatting.
For this reason we must keep talking to them, be interested in what they are doing and know how to keep in touch.
Some things you could do or think about…..
- Talk to your child about their favourite websites. Remember to start the conversation on a positive foot. This can lead into a chat about online safety.
- If your child loves to use social networking sites, teach them about protecting their personal information by thinking about what they are sharing and who they are sharing it with. These sites encourage them to provide their correct identity. So it is important that you show them how to use privacy settings, and how to block and report – and advise them to only accept friend requests from people they know in real life.
- Remind your child that showing respect for others online is just as important as showing it offline. Encourage them to think before they post and encourage them to show positive behaviour online.
- There are lots of ways you can advise your child about cyberbullying, if they are worried remind them to save the evidence and to always tell an adult they trust if something upsets them online. Most sites have an internet safety button they can use to report any incidents. We also have one at the bottom of our school website.
- There are ways in which you can help to prevent your child from seeing inappropriate content online. Have you considered parental controls and filtering in your home and also on your children’s portable internet enabled devices?
Here you will find more documents regarding e-safety within our school:
- BPS E-safety, on-line safety acceptable usage policy staff Jan16
- E-safety Acceptable Use Agreements – Students and Parents Jan 16
- E-safety Policy Appendices Jan 16
However if you require further information about how to setup parental controls, advice about smartphones and tablets or information about how to support children to stay safe online. Please see the following links:
Click Here for Vodafone digital parenting free resource.
Click Here for the e-Safer Suffolk quick question and answer guide for parents and carers worried about their child’s internet use.
Kidsmart -This is were you learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer online.