Electronic communication systems such as social networks, blogs, mobile phones, and email have become increasingly important in our daily lives and often have important benefits but, as we all know, there are also risks to be considered.
Access to the Internet can take place almost anywhere at anytime and it is important that students, teachers, and parents are aware of the risks and know how to use modern technologies appropriately and are able to discuss the issues in school, at home, and between friends, and what actions to take when something goes wrong.
Below you will find weblinks, documents and information about online safety so you can decide what is right for your family when using the Internet and associated technologies.
NSPCC online safety webpage
A selection of useful guides for online safety from the National Online Safety website
Keeping Young Children Safe Online (UK Safer Internet Centre) – A useful eSafety Guide for parents
BBC Webwise is part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety
Avoiding Ratting – Remote Access Trojans
The Digizen website – “This provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital Citizens”
A guide from Google to show parents how they can protect your family online
YouTube Safety Centre
The Cybersmile Foundation website (The Cyberbullying Charity)
“The Parents Guide to Technology from the UK Safer Internet Centre has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly”
How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre)
The parents section of the Know IT All website. The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies
Webcam safety- BBC Webwise
Child Safety Online Overview (Knowthenet)
Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying
A Parents’ Guide to Instagram