E-safety

The internet is part of life nowadays. It opens up many educational and social opportunities, giving access to a world of information and experiences. Whether on a computer at school or at home, a games console or mobile phone, children can access the internet 24/7.

Understand the devices that your child uses

Modern technology is advancing every year and is often difficult to keep up with technologies. Parents often find that their children know more about the internet than they do. This useful website gives a guide to parental controls: https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

Online Grooming

There are people who can help if you are worried that your child is being groomed online by other children or adults;

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They are part of UK policing and are very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account, either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.

If you are in immediate danger contact the Police on 999.

You can visit CEOP at https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

It’s easy and fast - making a decision at the click of a button can cause long-term problems.

Setting ground rules:

It is important that you set age appropriate boundaries for your child.

  • Limit time spent on the internet.
  • Talk about age appropriate websites.
  • Tell them to never give out contact details or post photos of themselves on the internet or on their phone.
  • They should always let you know if someone is asking questions or wants details they don’t feel happy about.
  • Ensure social networking profiles are set to ‘private’ so only friends can view.

Make sure your child understands why there need to be rules and that because they can’t see or hear the people they chat to, they may not be who they seem.

Useful Contats

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