Information for keeping your child safe on the Internet
At home, many children are often given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access a wide range of digital material (both good and bad) and bring them into their homes.
Here are some tips to help keep your child safe online:
Explore e-safety sites
There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children in our Links section. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and TikTok all have a minimum age limit of 13 and as such we would advise pupils do not use them.
WhatsApp has a minimum age limit of 16.
YouTube profiles have a minimum age limit of 18 and we would advise children use YouTube Kids - https://www.youtubekids.com/
Keep your computer in a shared area
Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Some links to more information:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - Containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
ceop.police.uk - Receive help and advice as well as the option to report any instance of sexual contact or harmful material to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
www.childnet.com/resources/kia - Information and advice about internet safety for children, parents and schools.
www.bullying.co.uk - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
www.childline.org.uk - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
www.swiggle.org.uk/Stay-Safe - Safe search website from South Gloucestershire.