Advice for Online Safety at Home

Parents can have a difficult job keeping up with their children on the fast changing technology available to them, let alone knowing the dangers they face. The issues of safety, privacy, on-line predators and cyber bullying are sometimes complex, both technically and psychologically and parents can struggle to keep up.

Here are a few tips:

If you have a computer, keep it in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can always see what sites are being visited.

Facebook and all other Social Media Sites – As you will be aware many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should not be using them.

Google Safe Search – This is designed to screen sites that contain sexually explicit content and remove them from your search results. While no filter is 100% accurate, SafeSearch helps you avoid content you may prefer not to see or would rather your children did not stumble across.

Explore e-safety sites – There are lots of useful e-safety sites. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?

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