The internet and technology develops and changes constantly at a rapid rate. For some parents it can feel overwhelming trying to keep up with what is happening on the internet and how your child's latest phone, gadget or games console works.
Below we have listed some tips to help you be more involved with your child's online world, and some links to websites that can give you more detailed information about keeping safe. If you have any concerns about your child and the internet please feel free to speak to our family adviser Mrs Davis, Mrs Bath or your child's class teacher.
INTERNET SAFETY - PARENT TIPS
Encourage the fun and positive side of the internet.
Take an active interest in what your child is doing online.
Ask questions, have a go yourself.
Let your child show you how to do things with computers or gadgets if you are unsure.
Do not be worried that they seem to know more than you!
Make sure your child knows how to Keep Safe Online.
Discuss together the SMART rules on the Keeping Safe area of the St. Mark’s website.
Look together at some of the weblinks for children on how to stay safe;
play some of the games or quizzes.
Site the computer in a family area.
Negotiate some family computer / internet use rules.
Remember your child may be using the internet at school, friends’ homes,
on their mobile phone, via games consoles (wii, x-box, playstations etc)at libraries.
Encourage your child to speak to you if they
see anything that upsets them online.
Make sure your child knows what to do about ‘spam’
and ‘advertising pop-ups’. This can worry them.
Remind your children never to give out personal information online.
Regularly discuss ‘stranger danger’ on the internet.
Remind children that they should never meet up with anyone
without a trusted adult present.
Support age restrictions set by websites or social networking sites which
prevent children accessing unsuitable material.
Most computers, phones, games consoles, TVs and other
electronic gadgets have parental controls. See this useful link.
Read the manufacturer’s instructions.
Set these before giving your child access to the devices.
Many Internet Providers now offer excellent support for parents
to help you keep your child safe online.
This can involve monitoring software, setting time limits, blocking websites and much more.
It may not be provided automatically and it is likely that you will need
to download some software. Contact your internet provider for more information.
Censoring your child's use of the internet is sensible while they are young.
Remember as they grow teaching them how to keep safe online
and how to make wise choices for themselves becomes more important.
Don’t think you have to deal with internet safety alone.
Speak to our family adviser Mrs Davis, or Mrs Bath, or your child’s class teacher
if you need support or advice.