Internet Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so that they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
It is important that we are all vigilant when children are using devices and act to ensure they are protected from people who may pose a risk to them. Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to illegal, unwanted or unpleasant content, comments or activity online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.
During the coronavirus pandemic, people are relying even more on online technology. Children and young people have been spending a lot more time at home, especially if they live in an area where there is a lockdown or higher level of restrictions. As a result of this, they may not be able to see friends and family in person which makes keeping in touch online extra important.
Advice for children
The following are some things that you may wish to consider teaching your child/children about using the internet safely:
- Make sure you use the privacy settings.
- Always respect others – be careful what you say online.
- Be careful what pictures or videos you upload. Once a picture is shared online, it cannot be taken back.
- Only add people you know and trust to friends/followers lists online.
- Keep your password to yourself and change it regularly.
- Block the bully – learn how to block or report someone who is behaving badly.
- Do not retaliate or reply to offending e-mails, text messages, or online conversations.
For more information please visit the On-line Safety section of the website.