E-safety tips for parents of primary school children 6-10 Year Olds
79% of 7-11 year-olds said they would tell their parent or carer if something worried them online.
- 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.
- Search safely
Use safe search engines such as kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google.co.uk/safetycentre.
- Agree boundries
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. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.
- Explore together
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about it. Put the family computer in a communal area so you can see what sites they’re visiting and share with them.
- Check if it’s suitable
The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child.
The minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram.
Learn about it:
Teach your child some simple rules
- You can find out where to get help and advice on the Take Action page of internetmatters.org, where we include information on how to report problems – and which relevant organisations and agencies to turn to.
- On this page, we also provide information on how to deal with any specific issues you may encounter with your child; such as finding inappropriate content and cyberbullying.
- Make sure your child knows not to share personal information like their phone number or email address online
- Only talk to real life friends or family if they are on sites with a social media element like Moshi Monsters or Club Penguin Use privacy settings wherever they exist to keep their information private
- Be a good online friend and don’t say nasty things even if it’s just a joke
- Use secure and legal sites to download music and games
- Check attachments and pop ups for viruses before they click or download anything.
- Use Public Friendly WiFi when they’re out and about to filter inappropriate content
Talk about it:
Tips for a meaningful conversation
- Start conversations when your children won’t be embarrassed, for example in the car going home from school
- Ask them for advice on how to do something online and use this as a conversation starter
- Make sure they know they can come to you if they’re upset by something they’ve seen online
- Be sensitive and praise them when they share their online experiences with you
- If your child comes to you with an issue, stay calm and listen without judging them
- Talk about online grooming as you would stranger danger and explain that people they meet online might not be who they say they are
This Article has been borrowed from http://internetmatters.org – with information, advice and support on all the big e-safety issues.