Online Safety and Support

Online safety support and advice As a long summer begins it is natural for our children to explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up. The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. Whether you’re a technophobe or a technophile, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet. You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?

Tips for keeping your child safe online

• Talk openly to your child about their use of the internet. They need to know they can talk to you if something goes wrong.
• Your child may feel ashamed, vulnerable, worried or anxious about something they have posted online and they may have been coerced or blackmailed to do so. It is therefore important not to become angry with them but to reassure them that there are things you can do to help.
• Become familiar with the apps they are using and ‘Follow’ or ‘Friend’ them.
• Remind them to ‘’think twice” before sharing images and content that they would not be happy sharing with their family members.
• Talk to them about the repercussions of sending inappropriate images and comments that can remain permanently online and be seen by future colleges an employers.

For help with serious incidents online go to:
CEOP (The Police online) – If you child has been asked to share sexualised images online.
Internet Watch Foundation – to get shared nude images online removed.
Remove a nude image shared online | Childline – extensive advice on many issues and can also get shared nude images removed.
Home - Kooth – an online anonymised mental health service where children can talk to experienced counsellors.
There are additional resources and support on all online issues in the ‘E-Safety’ section of www.gilberd.com, Parents homepage (thinkuknow.co.uk) and Parent/Carer Area - eSafety Training (the two Johns)