Advice for Parents and Carers on how to keep your children safe online
We want to ensure that students and parents/carers understand how to ensure young people stay safe online.
- Keep personal information private, do not share personal details like your address, school, phone number or location.
- Avoid posting anything that can identify you to a specific location such as your school, football club etc. That includes avoiding posting pictures in an identifiable school uniform or saying where you go online.
- Make sure your security settings are in place so that you control who sees anything you share online and check these regularly. Don't share passwords even with friends, make them hard to guess and if you think your account has been hacked or cloned report it straight away and change your password.
- Remember that people online are not always who they say they are. Never agree to meet someone in person you have met online. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable online, log off or block them and tell a trusted adult. Use reporting buttons to report inappropriate behaviour.
- It's good to know what's going on in the world, but if it gets too much take a break from it and do something that takes you off line, and helps you relax or focus on something else.
- If you do send something you regret or feel you shouldn't have, please tell someone so we can try and help you put things right. Don't let anyone use something you have shared online to make you do or say things you are not ok with.
This information is to help you and your family keep safe. If you are worried you have been a victim of online abuse or you're worried about somebody else you can report this to CEOP online at www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre
www.thinkuknow.co.uk have advice for all different ages including parents/carers on all sorts of online issues and where to get support
If you're being bullied online and would like to talk to someone in confidence you can also speak to Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online at www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline