Protecting your child online

It is important that you and your child fully understand the risks - when using the internet - both to their safety and your wallet.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has some excellent general advice on buying new devices and what to ask retailers if you are buying a device for children, to help prevent those 'accidental' in-app purchases.

The videos and information below share good advice on how to keep your child safe when they are using the internet.


Stop Speak Support

Be share aware: Advice from NSPCC

Be share aware: Advice from NSPCC

Playground: Playing nice from Switched on families

For more advice and videos visit: Switch on families

The dangers of selfies and posting photos online - a new film from TPZ and the IWF

A film for parents about selfies and sexting. Developed by the Parent zone in partnership with the Internet Watch Foundation.

The web: it's never too young to learn good habits

From Club Penguin to Facebook, the internet plays a major role in many children’s lives. It is a source of information and entertainment for children, but there are those who can and do use it to harm young people.

It doesn’t matter if your child accesses the internet via a computer, their mobile phone or a tablet, it is important they fully understand the risks involved in using the internet.

By following a few simple rules, your child can enjoy the internet safely.

Remind your child:

  • How easy it is for a person to hide their real identity online. Not everyone is who he or she says they are.
  • Never arrange to meet someone he or she has ‘met’ on the internet.
  • Never give out contact details to someone they have met online such as telephone number, mobile number or address.
  • Never give out personal details that may reveal their age, gender or location, such as their school or college.
  • Change their email address if they suspect someone they have met online has access to it.
  • To tell you if they’re worried about something or someone they have come across on the internet.
  • Only use moderated chat rooms, where they can chat all he or she likes, but an adult will be keeping an eye out in case of any problems.
  • Never email a photo of him or herself to someone they have met online.
  • Don’t believe everything they read - sometimes people don't tell the truth and will say things to manipulate them.
  • To use their common sense; if something seems wrong or makes them feel uncomfortable, then they must tell you or another responsible adult straightaway.

One to watch: For children between 4 and 8

One to watch: E-safety for parents of 6 - 10 year olds


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