Keeping Your Child Safe Online
How can you help to keep your children safe online?
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The digital World is fast overtaking the real one and it is important that LEH Primary and Parents work together to ensure our children are safe both in the real World and online.
We very much hope these tips are useful
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
- Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
- If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable
Information about how to set up parental controls for various gaming consoles.
Visit Leeds Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) website to find advice about keeping children safe online as well other safeguarding advice for parents and carers.
Safer Internet Day
Visit the Safer Internet Day website for information about this year's online safety campaign. Parents and carers please click here for a wealth of really useful information for parents and carers about keeping children safe online on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online
- Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
Other Internet Safety Resources
Please download the two documents below for advice on keeping your child safe online:
It is important that parents and carers are as aware of their children’s ‘online life’ to the same extent as they look out for their child’s behaviour, relationships and interactions with others, and safety in the rest of their child’s life.
The kidsmart site has the SMART rules which we use in school: