Staying safe online

Being online is an important part of young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children’s online world.

The internet provides new opportunities for children to learn and grow but it can also expose them to new types of risks.

E-Safety is an essential part of parents’ and schools’ safeguarding measures.  It is important that we work together to educate every child about online safety and ensure they understand the dangers of the online world.

Remember to be smart!

Social Media

Social media poses a significant threat to everyone’s safety online. A child of primary school age should not be on any form of social media, which includes popular apps such as Tiktok, WhatsApp, Instagram or Snapchat. 

E-safety tips for parents

General tips

  1. Keep computers in a family area, not in children’s bedrooms.
  2. Use ‘child lock’ or filter settings on your Web browser to help prevent unsuitable site access by your child.
  3. Regularly supervise the sites your child is visiting.
  4. Encourage your child to use their Favourites list to access the sites you have approved to prevent accidental entry to unsuitable sites.
  5. Discourage your child from using social Networking sites e.g. MSN, Facebook, Bebo etc. to keep them safe from cyber bullying.
  6. Teach your child to switch the monitor off or close the laptop lid, then fetch or tell you if something unsuitable appears on the screen. This is what we do in school.
  7. Agree with older children what sites they are allowed to access.
  8. Keep all personal details private and be aware of stranger danger.
  9. Above all, encourage your child to talk to you about the web sites and electronic devices they are using at home and school.

Surfing the internet.

  1. Treat your password like your toothbrush – keep it to yourself!
  2. Keep your home address, your phone number or email address off the internet, MSN and chat rooms.
  3. Learn to report someone who is behaving badly.
  4. Save the evidence – learn to save emails or on-line conversations.
  5. Don’t retaliate or reply.
  6. Always respect others – think carefully about what you are typing.
  7. Tell someone you trust if you see something that worries or upsets you.
  8. Remember what you have learned in school – use that at homes

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