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The internet offers great opportunities for children and young people to learn and interact with friends. But just as you would teach your child about road safety, they need to be taught about internet safety and being ‘virtually street wise’. Children should receive information about how to protect themselves on line. Childnet have information and guidance for children and parents on top tips for internet and mobile phone use. It covers things like internet security, safety tips about chatting on line and what parents can do to talk things through with their children about keeping themselves safe.

Make children aware of the risks associated with the internet such as:

  • Pornography
  • Adults who may pose a risk to children
  • Identity fraud
  • Gambling
  • Bullying

There are ways you can protect your children through things like:

  • Filtering and blocking systems
  • Teach children that not everything they read on the internet may be true
  • How they can report bullying on line
  • How adults who may pose a risk may groom children, how to keep themselves safe and where to report things if they feel uncomfortable by a ‘friend’ they are chatting to
  • How to keep personal information safe
  • Put the computer in a family room where it will be easier to monitor.

Social media

North Lincolnshire Youth Council led the development of Be SMART – a social media charter for young people, schools and families. the charter encourages young people to be aware of what could happen if social media is used in the wrong way.

Share Aware

NSPCC and O2 have teamed together to launch a Share Aware campaign:

To kids, online life is real life. And, just like in real life, kids need help to stay safe online.

Share Aware is an NSPCC and O2 campaign to help parents have regular and informed conversations with their child about online safety. We’re aiming to get every family in the UK chatting about their kids’ online world, just like they would about their day at school.

We tell children that it’s good to share, but online it’s different and sometimes it can be dangerous. Through our straight-forward, step-by-step advice and Icebreaker email series, we’ll show parents how to untangle the web and teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when parents aren’t there.

  • Our TV ad – Safety advice from a 10 year old.
  • Icebreakers email series – We’ve teamed up with O2 to create a bespoke email series full of tips and information on different issues eg cyberbullying and inappropriate content, with activities parents can complete with their child.
  • Family agreements – We have created a downloadable family agreements document for families to complete and fill in together.
  • Share Aware homepage – Read our step-by-step guide to being Share Aware and our TEAM (Talk, Explore, Manage, Agree) framework on how to stay safe online in four simple steps.
  • Guides are available  to the most popular social networks sites from Net Aware, apps and games that children use, for example, Pokemon Go and Fortnite. There is also a breaking news page and top tips from O2 Gurus on blocking, private account settings or in-app purchases. The Net Aware app can be downloaded on both iOS and Android.
  • Teaching resources – Download Share Aware teaching resources for use in the classroom.
  • Specialised advice – Advisors at our O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline – 0808 800 5002 – are here to help with any questions, or anyone can make an appointment with a Guru in store.

Online safety for adults

You can see online safety advice and information for adults on the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board website.

Further information

For further information about internet safety visit any of the following websites:

Here are some great guides from the Safer Internet Centre on how to set up parental controls on some of the devices your children may use at home:

I Pad

I Phone

I Pod Touch

X Box 360

Playstation 3

Nintendo Devices

Blackberry

Get Safe Online have produced a great guide to help parents navigate the world of online dating. Read some of the top tips here or check out this the guide produced by Netmums.