The school and the device manufactrurer will do much to keep your child safe online but what can you do to help?
In the last few years the landscape of the online world has undergone a seismic shift. The rapid adoption of new communication technologies, such as tablet computers and smartphones, has created an almost universally connected society.
We now regularly hear of the dangers our children face from cyberbullying, self-harm sites, sexting, trolling and grooming. And despite your best efforts, you may not be aware of the level to which your child might be at risk.
A survey by Tablets for Schools in January 2014 found that when children had seen something that concerned, upset or frightened them online, over half (54%) dealt with this by telling their friends, while a quarter (25%) did not tell anyone about their experience.
If you don’t know what they’re doing most of the time, you need to find out. You like to know where they are when they go out, don’t you? Don’t let the online world be any different.
There are many things online that are disturbing even to the hardiest adult, so children younger than 12 should be protected on all their devices, no matter how, when or where they connect.
The key thing to remember is that e-safety isn’t something you do to your child – it should be something you do with them. Talk at every opportunity – and always in a calm and reasonable way.
It most cases it will be you, as the parent, buying the device as well as paying the smartphone and broadband bills! So, it’s really not too much to expect that you can have a say in agreeing a set of rules that will apply to how those devices are used.
The latest guidance from Ofsted, the school inspection body, says that schools should provide parents with guidance and resources to help keep their children safe online. So find out how your child’s school is living up to this.
Our thanks to Point 2Protect for compiling this information