*Lots of lucky children might be finding a new electronic device in their stocking on Christmas Day. Parents might find this website useful and their checklist for setting up new devices.*
HOW SAFE ARE YOUR CHILDREN ONLINE?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT SITES THEY HAVE BEEN ACCESSING?
The internet is an now an important part of our life for finding out information and social communication on a range of devices but when you are not in the same room as your child do you know what they have looked at?
Keeping up with technology and the ever increasing range of technologies can be daunting but there are many resources that can help.
In school we teach E-safety as an important part of the Computing curriculum however, parents have a huge part to play in teaching children what is safe.
We teach our children to have fun but be safe and Be Smart!
|Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
|Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
|Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
|Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family
|Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
A recent survey showed that an average 8-11 year old has 92 social network friends but the guidelines for social networking sites, for example Facebook and Twitter, say that no child under the age of 13 should have an account.