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:
There are ways you can protect your children through things like:
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.
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.
You can see online safety advice and information for adults on the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board website.
For further information about internet safety visit any of the following websites: