E Safety and Cyber Security

The internet is a brilliant platform for children to learn and have fun with. We encourage children to use it regularly and build upon their skills: but using is safely and wisely.

Technology has become such a normal part of day-to-day life however making sure your child has a healthy balance between the online and real worlds can be difficult.

There are risks online, just like in the real world, therefore it is important to understand what children are doing online so that you can guide them. Taking risks is a normal part of growing up, but in the online world this can have long-term effects. It’s important to create a balance between allowing your child to experiment and develop their independence, and making sure they are aware of what can go wrong and how to deal with it.

This page has some tips and ideas to support you helping your child manage their online behaviour and links where you can get more advice if you are worried or would like to know more. 

Creating a balanced digital diet with screen time tips. 
From internetmatters.org, find simple tips to help children develop healthy online habits and a good digital diet to help them thrive on and offline.
While the emotional aspects of bullying continue to be devastating, the internet and social media have changed the way children experience bullying. Cyberbullying, simply put is bullying that happens online through social, gaming or instant messaging platforms. To help you support your child on this issue check out this brilliant guide from internetmatters.org
Online Content - Safe or Inappropriate?
Protecting children from explicit content is vital, and as they become more independent online they may come across things which are inappropriate, offensive and upsetting. Using filters to block explicit content can help in managing what children can access online, and help prevent them stumbling across content which is not suitable for their age or stage. You also need to have open conversations with your child so that they feel safe to tell you if they found something online they shouldn't have.  A full guide on online content is available here. 
There are so many more considerations for parents and carers in protecting our children online. For full guides, which are age specific, on the following key issues click here. 
  • Online reputation and digital footprint
  • Online grooming
  • Pornography
  • Sexting
  • Self Harm
  • Radicalisation
  • Privacy and Identity Theft 
Digital Resilience
Toolkit: Supporting 11-13 year olds
Help your child adjust to the new challenges they may face at this age such as getting their own smartphone or joining a social network for the first time. See the guide for essential things you can do to support them.
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Toolkit: Supporting 14+ year olds
As they continue to form their online identity and consume more and more online, see tips on how you can stay on top of what they are doing and show support when they need it most from this YouTube film from internetmatters.org 
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