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Five Steps to Keeping Your Child Safe Online

Step 1 - Talk To Your Child

  • If you are unsure just how all this technology works, get your child to show you.

  • Talk to them about what they do online, why they find it so exciting and what they use it for. This is a great time to explore online with your child. 

Step 2 - Start By Being Safe

  • Talk to your child about the importance of being responsible and safe online. 

  • Take a look at the history button and links on your web browser. Talk to your children about what they see and do. 

  • Remember this is about parenting, not about knowing the ins and outs of various technologies. 

  • Consider filtering the content available on your child's Internet enabled devices

Step 3 - Set The Ground Rules

Make sure your family has some clear ground rules when using the Internet. Set boundaries and time limits and encourage good behaviour online – for example: 

  • No cyberbullying

  • No sharing of personal information

  • No arranging to meet strangers. 

Useful Links and documents - 

Information for Parents on Internet Safety

Childnet-Keeping Young Children Safe
Childnet-Parent Factsheet
Childnet-Parent Conversation Starters
Childnet-Supporting Young People online
Childnet-Young People and Social Networking

Know It All for Parents 

Parental advice on filtering

Education against Hate - extremist and radicalisation

Your Child's Health and Safety

Advice and help on Cyberbullying aimed at parents and students
The DfE Advice booklet for parents and carers on cyberbullying

Advice for parents from Ceops - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Parents' Guide to Snapchat

Here to download

Parents' Guide to E-safety recommended by the NSPCC

Here to download

Step 4 - Guard Private Information

Keep your family information private. Think before you share personal information online and explain why it’s important to be cautious. Remember that once something goes public, it can be very difficult to undo. 

Step 5 - Report Abuse

You need to be ready to act if your child feels uncomfortable with anything they experience online. Let them know they can tell you, or another trusted adult, if they are having a problem.

Ensure they know:

  • How to use the 'report abuse' button on the sites they visit
  • How to block Unwanted Messages
  • What to do if they discover a site that makes them feel uncomfortable
  • You can report abuse via the Think You Know Website

Useful links to report Abuse

The report website click here







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