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Internet Safety for Parents

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Kevin Franklin

on 19 October 2015

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Transcript of Internet Safety for Parents

Is my child old enough to have a mobile phone? Set boundaries

Before buying your child a mobile, find out what functions it has – Internet, private messaging, built in applications

Set parental controls where required

Images taken and uploaded


Personal messaging

Unwanted contact

Webcam capability

Private moments

Inappropriate content

Unwanted contact


Security settings need to be set to “Friends only”, that includes - comments, posts and photos

These “Friends” need to be people they know and trust in the real world

Content - Only post content and photos they wouldn't mind showing you!

Try your very best to be “Friends” with your child on Facebook

Learn how to report an issue directly to Facebook
Sharing personal information

Unwanted contact

Unhealthy networking

Inappropriate content
What can go wrong?
What are the risks?
Technologies your children use
Tips for protection
Advice and help
Awareness raising session for
Parents and Carers

I have asked my child to show me sites they use

I have asked my child to set the security settings on all the technologies they use

I have asked my child to only accept people they know and trust in the real world as online “Friends”

I have set safe settings on our computer/laptop and set adult content filters on my child’s smart phone

My child has agreed to tell me if they are worried about something online
Simple steps to protection
How can they help?

Block sites that are not age appropriate

limit inappropriate and illegal material

Set timings – automatic switch off at bedtime

Monitor activity
Parental controls

What can you do? - Functions of the site or technologies
Is there any parental information available?
How do you report a problem?
Can the account/profile be made private?
Does it have any parental controls?
New site check list
Ask your child to never accept people they don’t know and trust in the real world

Inform them that giving out personal information can be dangerous. They need to treat personal information such as the school they go to or their location like their tooth brush and not share it with anyone!

Ask them not to webcam with people they do not know from the real world and turn the webcam off after use!

Teach them how to report a problem and delete people that make them feel uncomfortable
Leave all gaming devices in a family space

Open up communication - talk to your child about the sites they are using and why they like them

Explain that people lie online and they are not always who they say they are

Explain that people can be mean online and don’t always have their best interests at heart

Ask them to never give out personal information

Set parental controls

Set time limits on how long they can game for. Allow time for non-technology based activities and allow an hour ‘screen free’ time before bed
Help set up their profile

Add your email as the main contact (if possible)

Set the privacy settings to “friends” only and ensure they are children you know

Show them a CEOP safety resource which outlines the risks (www.youtube.co.uk/ceop/jigsaw)

‘Like’ the Click CEOP page

Is my child too young to have a Facebook account?
Social Networking

Unwanted contact/grooming
Harmful content/illegal material
Privacy/digital footprints
Click CEOP
Mobile Technology
Instant Messaging and Private Chat
Why are we here?


CEOP is the UK national lead agency who deal with the sexual exploitation of children in the UK and abroad
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Peer to peer support network for young people who are being bullied

Report suspected online grooming – this could sexual chat, a child being asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable or someone insisting on meeting up

Support and Report
Positives, Risks and Actions
Websites and Technologies...

Social networking

Instant messaging/BBM

Online gaming

Mobile technology
Bridging the gap of knowledge around the internet
The Gulf of Internet Knowledge
Why ?
Facebook Security
Computer skills

Communication skills
Money management
Learning Online?
Violence - Game contains depictions of violence
Sex - Game depicts nudity and/or sexual behaviour or sexual references
Fear - Game may be frightening or scary for young children
Drugs - Game refers to or depicts the use of drugs
Discrimination - Game contains depictions of, or material which may encourage, discrimination
Bad Language - Game contains bad language
PEGI (The Pan-European Game Information age rating system) was established in 2003 to help European parents make informed choices
Technology / internet is neutral place when unoccupied
Issues are about people - not technology
Preventative education is essential
Parental engagement is essential
Standing still is falling behind

81% of people use Facebook from a mobile device
75% of people use Twitter from a mobile device
Videos / images have replaced text as the main media for communication.
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