What are the issues?
The internet, on the whole, is an inspiring and positive place packed with amazing resources which enable children and young people to connect, communicate and create in so many ways, using a range of devices.
However, the internet is always changing. The challenge is, how do we keep up to date with these changes and the technology our children and young people use?
Even though you may sometimes feel your children have better technical skills than you do, they still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.
The issues they encounter may vary according to their age and online activity.
A useful way to remember how to stay safe is to ……..SMILE
S – Stay Safe
Keep your personal details private, such as full name, phone number, home address, photos or school. Never tell people your name, age or whether you are a boy or girl.
M – Meeting Up
Never arrange to meet an online friend, no matter how well you think you know the other person or however curious you may be.
Only meet up if you have first told your parent or carer and they will be with you.
I – Information Online
Information online can be untrue, their own opinion (not a fact) or just wrong. Someone online may not be telling the truth about who they are – they may not be a ‘friend’.
Chats and message boards are fun, but they can also be dangerous because you don’t know who you’re talking to. Remember stranger danger – you should use the same rules when you’re online.
L – Let An Adult Know
Let a parent, carer, teacher or trusted adult know if you ever feel worried, uncomfortable or frightened about something online or someone you have met or who has contacted you online.
E – Emails Can Be Dangerous
Emails, downloads, messages, photos and anything from someone you do not know or trust may contain a virus or unpleasant message. So do not open or reply.