The internet is filled with incredible information resources. Yet for many parents and carers, who may have less knowledge and experience of the internet than their children, it can be a place of concern. They worry about what or whom their children may encounter online and wonder how they can protect them.
This page gives you tips and advice about how you can protect your family online, allowing them to use the internet safely and securely while still being able to enjoy the many positive benefits of the internet.
This PDF gives you information about:
- What your children know about the internet and how they use it at at different age stages of their lives (from 5 up to 17 years old)
- What you can do to keep them safe online at those different age stages
- Safety rules that you and your children should follow online
- Password protection, securing your wireless network, parental control software
- How to protect your family from online risks including: internet predators, cyber bullying, cyber stalking, identity theft, pornography, gambling, racism and other hate sites
- How to deal with computer viruses and problems such as online gaming addiction
- How you can get free software to protect your family online
Internet safety tips for parents
Remember these top tips for keeping your family safe online:
- Spend time with your children online. Take an active interest in what your children are doing online
- Keep the computer in a common room in the house, such as your sitting room
- Establish rules for using the internet
- Protect your children’s passwords
- Frequently check your computer’s internet history
- Remember children are accessing the internet at school, friends’ homes, libraries, internet cafés, etc
- Encourage your children to speak to you, a teacher or another trusted adult if they see anything on a computer that upsets them or makes them feel uncomfortable
- Remind your children never to give out personal information. Help them to keep this information protected
- Children should never meet up with anyone they’ve met online without a trusted adult being present
- Encourage your children to be responsible internet users
- Stick to the fun and positive sides of the internet
Internet safety tips for children and young people
Follow Childnet’s SMART rules:
- S – safe. Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information - such as your name, email, phone number, home address, or school name – to people who you don’t know or trust online.
- M – meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present.
- A – accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
- R – reliable. Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the Internet may not be reliable.
- T – tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. You can report online abuse to the police at Think U Know.
All above information is taken from WCC Internet Safety for your family page.