Category Archives: Internet Safety

Safer Internet – Resources for Parents

Today is Safer Internet Day 2015.  Pupils have been looking at this issue all week in registration, and year 7 & 8 pupils had a concert and talk this afternoon.

SIDlogoThe UK Safer Internet Centre has some excellent resources for parents.  The factsheet (available below) contains lots of useful links.

Last year the UK Safer Internet Centre surveyed parents and found that parents find it hard to talk to their children about internet safety.

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Their Parents and Carers page has lots of ways of helping you start that conversation.  They recommend the following 4 steps to keeping your child safe online.

  1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
  2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, e.g. Facebook privacy settings
  3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
  4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents’ Guide to Technology
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Click to download the factsheet

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Staying Private Online – MSN & Facebook

Facebook & MSN can be fantastic online tools for staying in touch with friends.  However they can also make it very easy for other people to get hold of important information about you.  Below are some instructions to help you check your Privacy on Facebook and MSN.  Before we get to that though – here are some important things to remember:

  1. People are not “friends” on Facebook or MSN unless they are also “friends” in real life.  Don’t share anything about yourself unless you really, truly, hand-on-heart know who you are talking to – and you trust them.
  2. Make sure your password is hard to guess and has a mix of letters and numbers in it.  If someone guesses your password they can hack into your accounts.
  3. Turn off your webcam and microphone when you’ve finished a conversation – otherwise your contacts can record you talking, videos and pictures of you.
  4. If anything online makes you uncomfortable – report it.  You can download easy CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) buttons for most browsers here.

MSN

If you use MSN you should check your privacy settings.  Here’s how:

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History

Privacy

This takes you on to the internet and logs you onto Windows Live online.

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Facebook

This video shows how to check and change Privacy settings on Facebook.  This is important as many applications (such as MSN and on various mobile phones) allow you to import all your contacts and settings from Facebook.

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Internet Safety

Internet Safety is an important topic.  This page is intended to help parents find out more.  The presentation below from CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) is a good introduction for parents on the issues and how you can help keep your children safe online.

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Watch the CEOP presentation for Parents and find out how you can help your children

CEOP have created tools that can be downloaded for major internet browsers so you can report any problems or concerns immediately.

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Google Chrome
IE8
Internet Explorer

We will be adding more to this page soon – please leave a comment if there is anything you would like to know.