This toolkit provides three resources that offer practical tips and advice on different aspects of keeping your child safe online. They can help support parents and carers of any age child to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.
Staying Safe Online
ICT makes learning fun and makes communicating with friends and family easily, but it does have a downside. You need to understand the dangers and stay SMART!
|SAFE||Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your name, email, phone number, home address, or school name – to people who you don’t trust online.|
|MEETING||Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present.|
|ACCEPTING||Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.|
|RELIABLE||Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet may not be reliable.|
|TELL||Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. You can report online abuse to the police at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk|
Here are some excellent websites with lots of information and games to help you stay safe:
CEOP (Child exploitation and online protection centre)