SAFETY ON LINE – PARENTS, CARERS AND TEACHERS

SAFETY ONLINE

The internet is a wonderful resource providing a variety of information and communication facilities. It is important to be aware of what information you access and who you communicate with to ensure that you are safe online.

DEVICES AND SMART PHONES

Smart phones and telephone service providers offer parental controls for the device and content allowed to be accessed via the 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi networks.

Search for the telephone service provider parental controls and follow the online instructions.

Parental controls available for devices such as smart phones can be obtained online or in the instruction manual for the device.

FOR EXAMPLE:
Call 02 on 61818 from mobile phone; or Visit VODAPHONE:
www.vodaphone.com/content/parents/how-to-guides/parental_controls_childs_devices.html

SAFETY TIPS

Set boundaries, even at an early age, for time a child can spend on a computer or device. Visit
www.getsafeonline.org for more information on age appropriate app advice.

What content can be viewed? Some Internet Service Providers provide free parental controls, switch it on and keep it up to date.

Agree a list of websites your child can visit. Ensuring that the websites have age appropriate content such as age ratings on online TV and film apps. Parental controls on devices stop when logged onto Wi-Fi.

Discuss with older siblings what they should or shouldn’t be showing younger siblings on the Internet.

Tell your child it is important to keep phones and other devices secure and out of sight when they are not at home.

Discuss with your child what is appropriate and safe to share and post online including comments, blogs, photos and videos. Images on the Internet are there forever!

Explain to your child that being online doesn’t provide anonymity and to avoid doing anything online that they wouldn’t do face to face. Think would you want your parents, grandparents or other family to see this?

Websites such as Facebook and You Tube have a minimum age limit of 13 years old. Speak to your child about speaking to people strangers online, accepting friend requests, meeting people in person who they have spoken to online etc. ‘Stranger Danger’ is the same online as it is in person.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Most children have a social media account, whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and it is important that they know how to use social media safely.

Explain to your child that being online doesn’t provide anonymity and to avoid doing anything they wouldn’t do face to face.

Sharing of information, photos, videos etc. which may have inappropriate content may constitute a criminal offence, to find out more visit: www.nspcc.org.uk/preventingabuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/online-abuse/

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Ensure ad tracking, location services and geo tagging are all turned off and limit the information that apps can obtain and what apps can be downloaded. Ensure you have changed the default Wi-Fi router password to prevent an attack on your home network. All passwords should be at least 8 characters and include upper and lower case, numbers and special character such as % & or @.

THINK LINKS

Most links on the internet are genuine and safe, but there are some links which once clicked on can infect your device with a virus. The links can be for videos, bank accounts, photos etc.

If a website is secure it will start with http:// or have a padlock in the toolbar. However, the pointer over the link before clicking to see where the link directs to.

Clicking on images/email attachments etc., can download viruses to your computer/device which can infect other computers/devices using your Wi-Fi, for example your parent’s computers or a family members tablet as well as your own devices.

USEFUL LINKS

Get safe online:
www.getsafeonline.org/safeguardingchildren

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) www.ceop.police.uk

To report a crime to Action Fraud: Telephone: 0300 232 040
www.actionfraud.police.uk

NWG
Is a charity that co-ordinates a large network of practitioners working to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking: www.nwgnetwork.org

To report a crime to the police contact:

IN AN EMERGENCY: 999
NON-EMERGENCY: 101

CHILDLINE:
0800 1111

NSPCC:
0808 800 5000
help@nspcc.org.uk

These safety tips on line are taken from a policing Yorkshire and the Humber leaflet.