Keeping up to date with what your children are doing online can seem daunting.
Technology is constantly advancing and sometimes parents feel that their children
know more about the internet than they do.
Whatever their age, we can help you to find out more about what they might be doing online
and give you some simple, practical and easy advice on the steps you can take as a parent to
keep them as safe as possible.
Safer Internet Use
Listed below are some useful websites/activities/question starters for parents/carers
to use with their child in ensuring their safety whilst using the internet.
A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce an online CD guide specifically for parents KnowITAll - http://www.childnet.com/resources/kia/
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
The BBC Webwise is a beginner’s guide to using the internet. There is a good section on children’s online safety.
This website contains lots of information about staying safe online, with tips about games, social networking, mobile technology and more.
A beginners guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.
www.kidsmart.org.uk/ - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
This website is about the potential dangers with interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles. It provides information, advice, true stories and games. The resource page also contains a number of links to other useful websites.
Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents with understanding their child’s digital world and get more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!
Information on Parental Controls for your home broadband
Talk Talk: http://sales.talktalk.co.uk/product/homesafe
Virgin Media: http://store.virginmedia.com/discover/broadband/security/web-safe.html
Useful Websites to use at home with your child