As a parent, how can you keep your child ‘e-safe’?
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.
In June 2014 a survey by the Institute for Public Policy Research found that 70% of children said that accessing pornography was ‘typical’ among their school friends. Viewing pornography started, said 63% of those surveyed, between the ages of 11 – 15 years old.
Our children are growing up in a new ‘on-demand’ culture, dealing on a daily basis with the good, the bad and the ugly largely out of our sight. As a parent it can be very difficult to see into this world. So should you be concerned, and if you are, what can you do?
Understand their online life
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.
Apply a web filtering policy for young children
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.
Remember, understanding your child’s online life isn’t snooping – it’s simply good parenting
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.
Clear and agreed rules are essential
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.
Speak to your child’s school
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