Internet Safety for Adults
The internet opens up many possibilities for children. Although the benefits of the internet outweigh the potential dangers, parents and carers need to be aware of the risks the children could be exposed to online.
Children at Warwick Road Primary School use the Internet regularly as part of their learning. All the staff are well trained in ensuring children are safe online. 'Online Safety' activities are regularly delivered to the children to remind them about the importance of keeping themselves safe online. In school the children are always supervised when using the internet and we also have filters and controls of what children are able to access.
The main concern for many parents is how to keep track of what children are doing and how they can make sure they’re staying safe.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
- Explore and discover the internet together - Try to find web sites that are exciting and fun. This could make it easier to share both positive and negative experiences in the future.
- Agree ground rules of internet use at home- Discuss when and for how long it is acceptable to use the Internet, agree on how to treat personal information, discuss how to behave towards others when gaming, chatting, e-mailing or messaging and finally agree on what type of sites and activities are acceptable to use.
- Social Media (Facebook / Instagram / Snapchat)- Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so children should NOT be using them. Children will be able to communicate with anyone and therefore could be exposed to danger.
- Keep your computer or any electrical device in a shared area - Set up your computer in a shared area at home and share different websites visited.
- Parent Control Locks- Make sure you only provide access to certain sites and lock any that you might think are unsuitable.
- Report online material you may consider illegal.
If you have any questions about keeping your child safe online then please do not hesitate to contact any member of staff in school.
Some links to more information:
- Think U Know - internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Internet Safety Zone - Look in the 'Under 13s' section for useful safety advice and information.
- Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK