The internet is used in many different ways by children and it is important to discuss its safe use with your child, as we do in school. We have provided the information below to support you in safeguarding your child.
How do I know if an application (app) or website is suitable for my child?
The website www.net-aware.org.uk will advise you about what age group a website is suitable for. It contains reviews and opinions by parents, children and the NSPCC.
The website www.commonsensemedia.org will advise you about the age suitability of video games. It will also provide you with advice about exposure to violence, etc.
How can I set up parental controls on the internet?
It is important to restrict your child’s access to certain websites which may contain unsuitable material. For example, you can use ‘You Tube kids’ to filter access on You Tube. Your internet company will also have the facility to set up parental controls on other websites.
What should I do if I have any concerns?
Firstly, it is important that your child knows that if they feel unsafe when online, they should speak to a trusted adult who can help them. This includes parents and teachers. Children should never be encouraged to keep concerns to themselves.
In the event that your child is put into an uncomfortable situation online, it is important to report this to the relevant authorities. Reports can be made through www.ceop.police.uk, who will follow up your concern with you.
The NSPCC helpline is available for advice to any parents who have concerns: 0808 800 5002.
Where can I find further support?
The NSPCC have a partnership with the O2 mobile network. It is possible to arrange a meeting in any O2 shop during which a member of staff will guide you through the use of electronic devices to ensure that your child is safe online. Please contact O2 directly if you wish to make an appointment.
You can also ask a member of school staff for any support which you may require.