Keeping children safe online
The internet is a fantastic place for children to learn, create and have fun, but they may occasionally have to deal with a variety of sometimes challenging issues. These might include cyberbullying, pressure to take part in sexting, encouragement to self-harm, viewing pornography, along with various others. But there are positive things you can do to equip yourself and your child, and support them in resolving any issue they may face.
- Parental controls Parental controls are the names for filters and blockers of certain content, and can help you protect your children from the things they shouldn’t see or do online.
- Cyberbullying Many parents won’t be aware of how difficult this issue can be for children, but cyberbullying is one of the most far-reaching issues facing children today
- Online grooming There’s a chance that your child may meet people online who aren’t who they say they are. Grooming is a word used to describe people befriending children in order to take advantage of them for sexual purposes. Many parents worry about online grooming so it’s important to talk to your children about how to stay safe.
- Online Reputation A child’s online reputation can be affected by what they publish and post online. This can stay with them for life.
- Radicalisation Online radicalisation is an increasing concern for parents in the digital age as children can be introduced to ideas that you as parents may not want them to know about.
- Sexting Sexual messaging and image sharing between children and their boyfriends/girlfriends or people they’ve met online, can have unwanted consequences for children.
- Inappropriate Content Pornographic, violent, gambling and ideological content can be inappropriate for children that are still in their formative years.
- Online Pornography Online pornography and sexualised imagery is easily accessible on the internet, and children can innocently stumble across it without meaning to.
- Privacy & Identity Theft A child’s identity can be stolen just like an adult’s can, so it’s important to ensure your child understands the importance of personal data privacy
- Self Harm Children can use the internet to educate themselves about self harm and connect with pro-self harm communities.
Think You Know - how to keep your child safe online.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children ages. This is a place where you can report abuse on the Internet or any inappropriate or potentially illegal activity with or towards a child online.
Parent Info provides information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience on a range of subjects.
Childnet is a non-profit organisation working with others to "help make the Internet a great and safe place for children."
The Cybersmile Foundation is a Cyberbullying charity providing advice and support to anyone being affected by cyberbullying issues.