All of our children will now be spending more time online then ever before. It is important that as educators, parents and children we are aware of online dangers and how to use the internet safely.
Advice for parents:
The best way to ensure your children are using the internet correctly is to monitor their usage. This can be especially difficult if your child has internet connection and devices in their bedrooms. Best practice is to always have children that are using the internet in the same room as you. We do appreciate that this can be tricky, especially if you have children of different ages trying to work and are working from home yourselves. Younger children should always be supervised when using the internet. For older age children you may trust that them to use the internet when you are not there. In these instances you could consider:
2) Creating an online family agreement. An example template can be found here www.childnet.com/ufiles/Family-Agreement.pdf
3) Set up or review your parental controls and internet filters
Parental controls are designed to help protect children from inappropriate content online. These controls can be used in a number of ways, e.g. to help ensure that your children access only age-appropriate content; to set usage times; and to monitor activity. For more information on how to set parental controls visit www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/parental-controls
4) Educate yourself and your child about the dangers of the internet
You should educate yourself so that you are become comfortable enough with the internet to communicate the dangers and risks of being online with your children. Teach your children about potential dangers of the internet. Talk openly and honestly about what they are doing online, what your concerns are.
Some of the dangers include:
4) Complete a digital MOT
Advice for children:
There are many online safety videos that you can watch to help you use the internet safely. You can find some excellent ones here: Online Safety Video for Kids
Fun online safety games:
Interland: Interland is a wonderful, fun game that is part of Google's Be Internet Awesome Program, which has lots of great resources for parents and teachers to educate children about internet safety.
More online safety information for children and parents can be found:
This link contains YouTube clips created by Traci Good, Director of E Safety Training Limited, who works closely with Derbyshire County Council to provide e-safety training to schools.
The clips will cover issues such as parental controls (and how to set them), which apps have seen a surge in popularity since the pandemic, and age-specific information aimed at 0-5s, 6 – 11s and over 11s.
To learn more about setting parental controls please click here.
What should my child know about the internet and keeping themselves safe?
The following guidance has been produced by Derbyshire County Council:
Does your child know how to keep themselves safe online?
Talk to your child about the things they should know, depending on their age.
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