Online Child Proctetion Advice
In our School, junior children recently undertake e-safety lessons as part of the schools/South Wales Police Partnership.
However, it is good practice to periodically check the internet sites, particularly social networking sites, your child is using. The following are some safety tips and considerations we recommend:
- Some social networking sites have a minimum age of 13 years.
- Do not stay in a chat room if anyone says anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. Tell a parent/adult immediately.
- Be a critical user by considering “is this information true?”
- Tell a parent/adult if you receive a message that is scary, threatening or rude, do not respond to the message - log off.
- Do not send anyone your photograph.
- Never meet up with someone you have met in cyberspace without your parents’ permission.
- Never give out your password to others.
- Don’t be tempted to send or follow ‘chain mails’.
We want children to enjoy their time on the internet in a safe manner and remember there are other things they can do such as read a good book, play with their friends, spend time with family or participate in sport.
Click here to go to leaflet from South Wales Police with further advice to keep children safe online.
Parents may also find the following website useful.
Learn ICT (County website)
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre)
Microsoft Family safety (A downloadable tool that can be used to help monitor what your children are doing online; safesearch facility; set online pemissions for children to your own preferences).
The NSPCC have just released a new website called 'Share Aware' for parents of children aged 8-12. It has lots of useful tips and ideas.
The Byron Report 2008