Below are some helpful guides for parents regarding online safety:
Over the next few weeks the internet will be a useful tool to continue your child’s education. Please be mindful of the following:
Put yourself in control
Make use of the parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband provider’s website or by visiting internetmatters.org
Activate safe search settings on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google.co.uk/safetycentre. Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org.uk or kids-search.com. Add KS1 or KS2 to the search criteria to limit searches to sties suitable for primary school children.
Be clear what your child can and can’t do online – where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share.
Encourage them to use devices in communal areas so you can see what sites they’re visiting and share with them The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about it.
Check if it’s suitable
If possible check out the sites before your child uses it.
Other things to think about
Make sure your child knows not to share personal information like their phone number or email address online.
Check attachments and pop ups for viruses before they click or download anything.
There is support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers: