You can find St Matthew's latest eSafety policy on our policies page by clicking here.
Here are some "top tips" for keeping your child safe online from Craig Thompson of the Cambridgeshire ICT:
Find out what your child is doing online
- Be more familiar with their online world
- Get them to show you – make it clear from the beginning that you’re interested and would like to be involved
- Agree rules as a family about personal information, time spent online, and contacting people via the internet.…reinforce the SMART rules
Assess the Risks and Opportunities:
- Where are the devices?
- What can they do?
- Can your child get online in his / her bedroom?
- Have you enabled any parental settings on devices / the internet as it comes into the house?
- Disable or cover webcams to avoid accidental sharing of images and talk to your child about the risks of sharing images
Know where to go for help and advice
Parents may find the following sites about keeping children safe online to be useful:
- Department for Education Advice on Cyberbullying
- Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazines - www.vodafone.com/content/parents/digital-parenting/magazines.html
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) - Advice for Parents - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
- Childnet for Parents and Carers - http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
- UK Safer Internet Centre - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology
- Cambridgeshire ICT Service - http://www.ccc-esafety.org.uk/website/introduction_for_parents/50630
- Switched on Families - http://keepup.virginmedia.com/switchedonfamilies
- NSPCC – http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
- Net Aware - a site where parents review and rate social media apps and sites based on the features and how appropriate it is/isn't. It describes the potential dangers and tells what age children should be allowed to have access to it
- Digital Safety - a blog post that gives an overview of several dangers on the Internet and how to deal with them, such as child online safety and social media safety