The internet has become a big part of our lives - where would we be without smartphones, tablets and laptops? But it is also very easily accessible for our children, sometimes it can be hard to manage children's activity online or know what they are accessing. It is important that everyone understands their role to play in keeping children safe online, or 'E-safety'.
Top Tips for Parents -
1. Talk to your child about being safe online, the earlier the better and make it often
2. Explore the internet together
3. Know who your child is talking to online
4. Set rules and agree boundaries
5. Make sure that content is age-appropriate
6. Use parental controls to filter, restrict, monitor or report content
7. Check they know how to use privacy settings and reporting tools
Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age. use it to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried.
NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies. Most websites have a link to CEOP, make sure your child is aware of the link and what it means.