Children have access to the internet at school and many do at home whether through a tablet, games console, phone or computer. This brings great benefits but also some risks.
At school we:
Children may not have taken on board all of our online safety messages. Some children can get carried away with the freedom and lose sight of the potential consequences. Some key messages for children:
Some pointers for parents and carers:
Remember to check privacy settings regularly, particularly on any social networking site used by your child.
See the list of useful websites page for further information and support. You can always ask for advice at school - if we don't know something then we can usually find out.
Many parents supervise childen's use of the internet on laptops, tablets, but don't forget about other devices with internet access, in particular games consoles. Online multiplayer games have been used to target children for radicalisation as well as other predatory forms of grooming. Similarly mobile phones are now mini computers with access to the internet, cameras and a plethora of instant messaging and photo sharing apps.
Be suspicious! Our experience has been that on occasion, parents have been shocked by their children's online activity. Children can be good at giving the 'right answers' to parents to protect their online freedom. Their exploration of this perceived freedom can expose them to danger of course.