The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop or tablet at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
At Lamberhead Green we encourage our children to enjoy and use the internet to enhance their learning and the curriculum and to access useful educational information and materials. We routinely teach our children about internet safety as part of our ICT curriculum.
Your role as parent is also crucial in ensuring your child is safe when using the internet. As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
Below is a link to the THINK U KNOW website which is an education initiative by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre - the UK's national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling the sexual abuse of children. It contains the latest information for parents and children in relation to internet safety. Click now to have a look!
Here are some useful websites to help children and parents be eSafety smart!
|http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents - Lots of helpful resources for everyone.|
|Childnet have helped to develop content for parents and there is a comprehensive section on internet safety. www.childnet.com- A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed.|
|http://cybersmart.gov.au/Kids.aspx - a great website full of activities for children and helpful information for parents.|
|www.kidsmart.org.uk - Kidsmart is an award winning practical internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children's internet charity Childnet International.|
|www.getsafeonline.org - A government sponsored one-stop-shop for reliable, up-to-date information about online safety, to give home users and small businesses the advice they need to use the Internet safely.|
www.bullying.co.uk - One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
|www.chatdanger.com/ - This website is about the potential dangers with interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles. It provides information, advice, true stories and games. The resource page also contains a number of links to other useful websites.|
|www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/help/web/staysafe - part of the BBC Chatguide to support parents with information relating to internet safety.|
|www.parents.vodafone.com - Advice for parents on esafety issues|
|CLICK HERE TO WATCH SOME HELPFUL VIDEO CLIPS ON KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE|