E-Safety for Parents
Parents tell us that they want to take responsibility for protecting their children online but many don’t feel equipped with the right information to do this. To support this, the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board & NSPCC in consultation with local professionals and parents have produced a guide to “Keeping Your Child Safe Online” which provides practical advice on e-safety issues.
The internet and online world is part of our every day lives. Be positive and embrace the technologies that your children enjoy and look for family activites or games. Explore games and services that your children use or want to use and look out for any safety features that may be available.
You may want to set out rules for using technology as you would set rules for most areas of your children’s lives. What is right and wrong offline is also the same online. Agreeing rules from the outset helps your children understand their boundaries.
The internet can be accessed from many devices from smartphones to tablets, computer and games consoles. Many devices will have safety settings and monitoring tools which you can use to keep your children safe. For more information check your device manufacturer’s website. Your internet service provider will also provide filters to help block age inappropriate content for children, so you may wish to speak to them about what services they can offer or look at the member’s area of their website.
The internet provides a lot of opportunities for interaction with other people, not only by leaving messages on social media sites or sending emails, but also by direct interaction for example in a lot of games and video streaming services. These services can include both voice or and video transmission.
Video games have PEGI (Pan European Games Information) ratings which provide an indication of the age rating for a game and the type of content. More information can be obtained from the PEGI website.
It is important that your child (ren) know to tell you or another adult immediately if someone or something upsets them online. Many websites and games console providers have moderation services and will investigate issues. However, if you are suspicious about somebody’s online behaviour you can make a report to CEOP, while inappropriate content and media can be reported to Parentport. If you think you have viewed criminal content online you can also report this to the Internet Watch Foundation.
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