Visit the UK Safer Internet Safer for tips, advice guides and resources on how to help your child stay safe online: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers
Remember – Internet Service Providers (such as Virgin, BT, Sky and PlusNet) all have parental controls which you need to ‘switch on’ – just contact your provider, or take a look at these videos here.
Here are our SMART rules and some video resources to share with your children:
Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting: Accepting emails, messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems — they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on they give may not be true. Always check information carefully.
Tell: Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Here are some Cartoons to help you find out how to stay safe online.
Chapter 1: What should you accept?
Chapter 2: What is Reliable?
Chapter 3: What should you keep safe?
Chapter 4: Who should you tell?
Chapter 5: Be careful when meeting up
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