The Internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, blogs, podcasting and social networks are becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of our children and have many positive benefits. They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a child’s identity. Socially our children often use the Internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends’.
Access to the Internet can take place anywhere and at anytime so we need to make sure our children are able to use the Internet safely. Many children are unaware of the risks for example by having many online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or even becoming addicted to the Internet.
St Joseph’s Catholic School provides a safe and secure online environment for children. Many parents and carers do seek advice on how they can provide a similar environment for their children when accessing the Internet from home and how to help their children to develop safe habits when learning and playing online. Some of the advice about online safety is common sense but it’s also important that parents and carers know how to use the technology and be aware of how their children are using the Internet.
There is comprehensive information about all the online safety issues on these websites and once parents and carers have the background on the subject they can decide what is right for their family.
We’ve worked with Mumsnet – the UK’s largest parenting website – to hear from parents like you. We heard from over 500 mums and dads, who reviewed the top social networks that children use and shared their thoughts with us.
Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong, so we hope that the following advice helps.
Welcome to Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. This fantastic presentation will help you to support your child.
Digital Parenting website and magazines offer parents information and advice about the latest digital technologies and the kind of challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world.