Safer Internet Day Film - UK Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Day is very nearly upon us, and this day is marked as a serious point in the safeguarding calendar. Making sure children and young people are aware of the dangers of the internet is more important than ever. We highly recommend watching this short film put together by the UK Safer Internet Centre - one and a half minutes highlighting why the day is important, and how awareness of internet dangers is vital to the lives of our children.
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
As a parent, you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media the National Online Safety Council has produced the following leaflet with 7 ways to start a conversation with your child regarding their use of technology.
Here are a selection of guides which National Online Safety have produced regarding various E-Safety topics which we hope you will find useful.
To stay safe online, your child should:
Always ask permission before using the internet and discuss what sites they are using.
Use websites you and your child have chosen together and always use a child friendly search engine
Only email people they know. Help them to set up an address book.
Always discuss with you if they receive an email from people they don’t know. Encourage your child to not open such emails at all.
Create a nickname to use for games and websites and do not use their real name.
Never give out any personal information about themselves, friends or family online including home address, phone or mobile number.
Never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the internet without talking to a trusted adult first.
Never tell someone they don’t know where they go to school or post any pictures of themselves in school uniform.
Only use webcams with people they know.
Tell someone immediately if they see or receive anything that makes them unhappy.
Familiarise your child with the CEOP safety button which features on most online sites used by young people. If you are worried about anything suspicious online—as a parent or a child—click on the red CEOP button to report it.
The NSPCC also have a wealth of information regarding staying safe online.