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Internet Safety Tips - Keeping Children Safe Online

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We can come into school to run a workshop on  Internet Safety For Children Course: A Guide for Schools and Parents It is tailored to an age appropriate level for children at your school and is aimed at developing your awareness as an adult to help keep children safe while engaging with the internet, social media, txting and beyond.

A key aspect of internet safety is educating the children too, in an age-appropriate way. Building an awareness in order to spot things that are odd and look out for internet abuse (eg signs of and how to avoid)...

Internet Safety Tips - Keeping Children Safe Online

Internet Safety Awareness (stay safe online): Develop your internet safety awareness. The internet is useful, but beware, always be on the look out for things that are not right or not age appropriate. Look ahead, to the sides and behind you, keep an eye out for online danger. Remember, knowledge is power, so if you develop your internet safety knowledge, you will be better equipped to educate your child on how to stay safe on the internet. Read as much as you can on the subject. Internet technology is constantly changing, so keep building on your knowledge. This internet safety tips page is a good place to start, but help yourself and search Google for Internet Safety. I hope you find these tips helpful...

Computers in Communal areas (Safely watched over): Keep 'internet connected' computers in communal areas at home, don't allow internet connect computers to be used in the bedroom or other private place in the home as it will be more difficult to monitor what your child is doing.

Mobile Phones (A gateway to the world on the internet): A lot of communicatrion happens on mobile phones, if you do give your child a mobile phone, consider that this is an open doorway to the world through the internet and not all that is out there is nice.

Video Sites (Dangers and Swearing: Websites such as YouTube can be really great, but be careful. If a child searches on one of these sites for inocent information relating to one of their favourite computer games eg) MineCraft, don't take for granted that the video is presented at an age appropriate level. Time and time again, I've seen videos start off OK, showing walk throughs of these favourite games, but at some point, the person prsenting the video drops in the odd swear word, even without realising it! So, monitor your children when watch videos online and don't assume theat the videas have been vetted. Turn off as soon as you hear or see someting inappropriate.

Education (Knowledge is Power!): Talk to your child about how useful the internet can be but also about how dangerous it can be too. Explain to them about being careful on the internet and that not everyone on there is who they say they are. Always be cautious on the internet

Chat Rooms (Who are you talking to): Be aware that not everyone in chat rooms is who they say they are and may not be the age they say they are. Be careful about the information you rpvide about yourself as you could be telling a stranger who may not have the best intentions for you.

Photgraphs (are not private on the internet): Be aware that any photo taken on a smart phone can these days uploaded straight onto the internet. Be casreful about the pictures that you let people take of you and that you take of yourself. A rule of thumb here could be, don't let any photos be taken that you wouldn't show your grandma.

Making friends on the Internet - Beware: Be aware that the person you are making friends with on the internet may not be who they say they are and may not even be the age they say they are. You internet safety radar should be telling you to be cautious.

Cyberbullying & Cyberstalking: As the names suggest, some people threaten others on the internet, in a similar way to bullying and stalking in the physical world, but with the difference that the they use different forms of internet communication to do this, including social networking, video and chat. This should be taken seriously and if you are being bullied or stalked, tell a friend. Parents, encoursage your youngsters to share with you if they are ever bullied online and you will be able to help them, talk to their head teacher or police for help.

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