E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe online. The internet is an amazing resource, it allows us to see more, learn more and have lots of fun. It is very important that we all use it safely. As the internet is so easy to access it is important that children are taught how to keep themselves safe.
To stay safe on the internet we have to be SMART.
S – SAFE – Keep safe by being careful not to give out you name, address or password when you are chatting or posting online. People may say they are the same age as you but they could be lying!
M – MEET – Never go to meet someone you have made friends with online. If an online friend wants to see you, talk to an adult. Remember they might not be telling the truth!
A – ACCEPTING – If someone you don’t know or trust sends you an email, photo, picture or texts ask an adult before you open it. It could be a virus. Don’t accept it!
R – RELIABLE – You cannot trust everyone online, they might be lying about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Remember not everyone is kind, if you like chatting online only chat to your real world friends and family
T – TELL – Tell an adult if you are worried or upset about anything online.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?
Create some ground rules – discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house.
Make sure you know what your child is doing
Install antivirus software and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable contacts and content.
Talk to you children about staying SMART.
Be aware of the age limits on social media. According to the NSPCC - more than half of parents unaware of age limit on social media
There are some useful Websites regarding how to stay safe.