The internet has revolutionised and has incredibly changed how we communicate and socialise with people 24hours a day, 7 days a week. With access at our fingertips, it can be even more challenging to keep children and young people safe online, especially when they have their own computers, laptops, smartphones/mobile phones, tablets and games consoles.
As a parent, carer or a professional, it is important to educate yourself, children and young people that as well as the endless opportunities available through the internet and technology, there are also associated risks to be aware of.
When the children log onto the computer they have a moving Hector in the corner of their screen. Children are taught to click on Hector if they have anything on their screen that makes them feel uncomfortable. Their screen is covered until they are able to speak to the teacher about their concerns.
Potential online risks can include:
Keeping your child safe
Useful sites for further information and advice:
NSPCC - National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children: Advice and support for adults concerned about a child.
CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: Organisation that works to stop child abuse on the internet.
Know-IT-All: Information on benefits, risks and safety on the internet.
Which?: Information and advice on child internet safety.
Kidsmart: A safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children's internet charity Childnet International.