Tips For Parents E-Safety

Tips for Parents

Taking control of the situation
  • Discuss cyber bullying with your child: ask them what their understanding of cyber bullying is, and how it is different to physical and face to face bullying.
  • 'Discuss peer pressure’: The creation of sexting content is quite often due to pressure from a partner or group. Discussing peer pressure, and self-esteem, with your child is a positive way to encourage them to take responsibility for their own actions.
  • Once you have bought a new device for your child, have a look at the manual that came with it as these normally contain some information and a step by step guide on how to install parental controls
  • Parental control tools and filters can help to reduce the chances of stumbling across pornography online.

Some sites have information and advice for parents. By understanding these sites you can help to support your children in choosing an appropriate site and using it in a safe and constructive way - Click here for a guide on Parental Controls

How to prevent
  • Save the evidence: Encourage your child to save the evidence of any messages they receive. They can do this by taking a screenshot of what is happening on the screen, or keeping the messages they’ve received.
  • Don’t reply: most of the time a bully is looking for a reaction when they’re teasing or calling someone nasty names. Tell your child not to reply, if they do they’re giving the bully exactly what they want.
  • Social Networking: Ask your child about them, create an account yourself and find out what it is about. Some sites have information and advice for parents.
  • Online grooming: Speak to your child about the differences between a friend online (someone they know) and a stranger online (someone they don’t know).
Useful Tips
  • 'Think before you post' - Once any image has been sent, it is then out of your control.
  • Agree with your child rules for Internet use in your home: Try to reach an agreement with your child on the guidelines which apply to Internet use in your household.
  • Encourage your child to be careful when disclosing personal information: Being conscious of when and where it is all right to reveal personal information is vital.
  • Understand your child’s exploration of the Internet: Children may come across adult material by accident on the Web. Also a child may intentionally search for such web sites, remember that it is natural for children to be curious about off-limits material.