Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
Updated 11 February 2021
Keep your child safe online
It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.
Online Safety – Keeping Your Child Safe Online.
A checklist for parents and carers:
- Ask your child to show you the sites they use– this shows that you take an interest in your child it also means you can become familiar with the sites and find out how to set the safety features.
- Keep the computer in a family room – this means you can keep more control over what they do e.g. webcams
- Ask your child to set profile settings to private– settings on any social networking site should be set to prevent anyone viewing personal information and photos of your child.
- Ask your child about their online friends– this applies to social networking and gaming sites; people are not always who they say they are. Does your child actually know all of their ‘friends’?
- Set appropriate parental controls on your child’s computer, mobile and games console– filters can prevent children from viewing inappropriate content. You can also set time restrictions for using the internet or games. Explain to your child why you are doing this. Your Internet Service Provider can offer advice on this or visit CEOP’s parent site for advice.
- Make sure your child knows they can tell you if they are worried about something online– by opening up communication channels and talking to your child about the technology they use they are more likely to turn to you if they are concerned about something.
- Make sure you know where to get help if you are concerned– visit the ThinkUKnow.co.uk website which has a parent’s area with advice and information. If you are concerned about someone making inappropriate contact with your child you can report this to CEOP, you can also find help if you think your child is being bullied online or have found something that could be illegal www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centreor look for the ‘click CEOP button’
The internet has changed in many ways since it first became publicly accessible in the 1990s, and one of the most controversial developments is the growth of the so-called ‘Dark Web.’
Adults may be concerned about young people visiting the ‘Dark Web’, especially as press reports often link them with dangerous or illegal online activity. However, there are some positive aspects to them – like everything online, problems do not come from the technology itself, but instead are caused by the ways in which people use it.
Being aware of the basic facts about these parts of the internet can help you give realistic and honest support to young people if you are concerned they are using them.
Internet Safety Web-sites:
- Protect Young Eyes
- Exploring identity online – Resource sheet
- National Online Safety Guides
- The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety
- Social pressures linked to ‘Friends and Followers’
- Social Media and Mental Health
- National Online Safety – Parents guide to internet controls
- Momo challenge: The anatomy of a hoax
- Catfishing Parents Guide
- Age Ratings 2019
- Grand Theft Auto Parents Guide
- FIFA Parents Guide
- Fortnite Parents Guide
- Instagram Parents Guide
- Instagram Parents Guide 2
- Screen Addiction Parents Guide
- LiveMe Parents Guide
- Sexting Parents Guide
- WhatsApp Parents Guide
- The App Store Parents Guide
- Parent Info
- Parents’ guide to tech
- Parents’ guide to apps
- Texting dictionary
- Nude Selfies – Guide for parents
- DoE Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying
- East Sussex LSCB – e-safety for parents and carers