E- Safety at home
How do I support my child to make safe and responsible choices?
Help your child by talking to them about what they’re doing online. Make sure your children know that if they get into difficulties and need help, they can talk to you or a trusted adult.
Have rules in place at home about how long technology can be used for.
If they’re using social networks, discuss what they’re doing and help them make good choices about talking with people they don’t know, and being kind and polite to others. Remember that most social networks have an age restriction of 13 years and over.
If they’re watching videos on YouTube, ask them what they’re viewing and watch the videos yourself to see if the message is appropriate for their age. Many children have favourite YouTube ‘stars’ such as Zoella and PewDiePie – have you watched these videos?
If they’re gaming, make sure you know what content the game involves and what the PEGI rating of the game is.
If they’re using a Smartphone, consider how you can set restrictions about what they can download or view.
Look at your home network and how your Internet Service Provider can set filtering across all the devices in your home.
Under 5’s Checklist
- START setting boundaries now – it’s never too early to do things like set limits for the amount of time they can spend on the computer.
- KEEP devices like your mobile out of reach & make sure you have passwords/PINs set up for the times you might lend them to your child.
- CHECK age ratings on apps, games, TV & films before streaming or downloading.
- EXPLAIN your technology rules to grandparents, babysitters, etc so that they stick to them when they’re looking after your child.
- SET the homepage of the family computer or tablet to an appropriate website like Cbeebies.
- CREATE a user account for your child on the family computer with appropriate settings & make the most of Parental Controls & tools like Google Safe Search.
- AGREE a list of websites they’re allowed to visit & the kind of personal information they shouldn’t reveal about themselves online (like the name of their school or their address).
- DECIDE time limits for things like using the internet & playing on games consoles.
- BEAR in mind what older siblings might be showing them on the internet, mobiles, games consoles & other devices & agree some rules as a family.
- TALK to other parents about their views & don’t be pressured by your child into letting them use new technologies.
- MAKE sure you’ve set some tech boundaries before they get their first mobile or games console – once they have it in their hands it can be more difficult to change the settings.
- REMIND your child to keep phones, etc well hidden to minimise the risk of theft.
- TALK to them about what they post & share online – written comments, photos & videos form part of their digital ‘footprint’ & could be seen by anyone & available online forever.
- DISCUSS the kind of things they see online – they might be looking for more information about their changing bodies & exploring relationships for example.
- HOLD the line on letting your child sign up for services like Facebook & YouTube that have a minimum age limit of 13.
Pokemon Go- E- safety issues for school to share with children over the summer