Our children are savvy. 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. Also we are finding that many younger children have “Facebook” accounts. May we remind you that “Facebook” states:
Facebook requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). Creating an account with false info is a violation of our terms. This includes accounts registered on the behalf of someone under 13.
If your child has social media accounts, we urge you to watch the below link;
You can find an age-appropriate social network that your kids will love and you can approve of. Your kids will like them better than Facebook, and you’ll rest easy knowing they’re protected.
Some things you could do or think about…..
Conversation Starters – Tips for talking to your child about online safety
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?
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 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.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ Advice for parents and carers from CEOP
Find out about your: Digital Footprint
Safer Internet Quiz
Professionals Online Safety Helpline – helpline for professionals working with children and young people (teachers, social workers, youth workers, police, early years etc) which provides support with resolving online issues such as cyber bullying, reporting of abusive content, online reputation and so on.
Resourses about Sexting preventative (Picture This) & post-incident (So You Got Naked Online). Hard copies to be ordered here
Resource area for Parents and carers on the UK Safer Internet Centre website
Parents’ Guide to Technology – advice on safety for a range of internet devices smartphones, gaming devices, tablets
Video Guides to Parental Controls – Video Guides from the 4 big internet providers – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin – for parents to set up parental controls at home
Ask.fm short film from Ask.fm with tips on using the site’s safety features.
Guide to Facebook Graph Search
www.clubpenguin.com/safety – Guide to the Wonderful World of the web – tips for parents.
BBFC – Advice and info from the British Board of Film Classification on how they age rate films and online content.
Family Lives – organisation which supports parents and runs a helpline for parents.
The Parent Zone – an organisation supporting parents and families.
PitDA – Parenting in the Digital Age – a new website from The Parent zone.
Phonebrain from PayphonePlus – advice for parents on apps, and premiun rate services on mobile phones.
ParentPort: – run by UK’s media regulators, information about standards and protection of children from inappropriate material
Special Effect – Helping young people with disabilities to play games online.
www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html – Website and magazine format, downloadable and full of great advice and information for parents.