If you start by telling your child never to do something most children will ask "why not?" and then try to find out! Discussing the potential dangers with your children therefore needs care and sensitivity and involves helping them to see for themselves how they might get into difficulty. Most children will respond more positively if you encourage them to be SMART or "Cool" on the Internet rather than giving them a list of "Dos and don'ts"! The following SMART tips have been written especially for children aged 8-14 years.
SAFE - Staying safe involves being careful and not giving out your name, address, mobile phone no., school name or password to people online.
MEETING someone you have contacted in cyberspace can be dangerous. Only do so with your parent's/carer's permission, and then when they can be present.
ACCEPTING e-mails or opening files from people you don't really know or trust can get you into trouble - they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
RELIABLE - Someone online maybe lying about who they are, and information you find on the Internet may not be reliable.
TELL your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.
Click on the links below to find out more about keeping you and your family 'E-Safe' !!
* Keeping Children Safe - http://www.kidpower.org/library/article/strangers-school/?gclid=CPv8guHrkrcCFWfItAodfSUA2A
* Internet Safety Tasks - http://www.teach-ict.com/ks3/internet_safety/tasks/internet_safety_tasks.htm
* Internet Safety Zone - http://www.learn-ict.org.uk/intsafety/
* Social Network Safety - http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/children-and-social-networks