Internet : Guidance For Carers & Parents

  • Stay in touch with what your children are doing by spending time with them whilst they are on-line, i.e. make on-line time a family activity; make sure that you know the services your child uses.
  • Find out what types of information and services are offered and whether there are ways for carers and parents to protect their child.
  • Keep the computer in a family room rather than a child’s bedroom.
  • Learn yourself about how to access the services – ask your child to explain the services to you;go on-line yourself so that you are familiar with and understand the potential benefits and risks associated with internet access.
  • If you don’t know how to log on, get your child to show you.
  • Seek out the advice and counsel of other local internet users and become familiar with the appropriate systems.
  • Get to know your child’s ‘on-line friends’ just as you do their other friends.
  • If you are concerned about your child’s on-line activities, talk to him/her about it.
  • Develop an agreed set of ‘Family Internet Rules’.
internet safety

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Ask about Games
Useful site to help carers and parents monitor/control their children’s access to gaming websites

UK Safer Internet Centre
UK Safer Internet Centre is where you can find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online

NSPCC Online
Online Safety page from the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children charity

Internet Matters
Information, Advice and Support to help carers and parents keep children safe online.

Parent Zone
Online resource with tips and articles with advice for parents about keeping your children safe online

Think U Know
Guide to Internet Safety for young people, carers and parents

Online Gaming
Safety Tips for carers and parents

CEOP Command
National Crime Agency: Advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP.

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