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Internet Safety

The internet is now embedded in many aspects of our daily lives, from buying the weekly shopping to communicating with friends and family abroad. With all these technological and time saving benefits, also come the problems associated with the internet, such as illegal activity, inappropriate material and cybercrime.

E-safety is becoming an ever increasing aspect of everyday life, which focuses on safeguarding young people in the digital world. Children start using computers and mobile phones from an early age, from as young as three (sometimes sooner!), so it is vital that they are made aware of the importance of staying safe online.

Of course the internet offers a range of educational benefits for children and fun ways to develop new skills. Parents should take advantage of this, whilst at the same time eliminating the dangers children can be exposed to online. This is really crucial if your child has access to their own i-pad or smart phone. Your child will be learning about e-safety in school, as this has become and essential part of the curriculum, but it is recommended you reinforce this at home. You may also decide to purchase McAfee Internet Security 2012 which has improved parental controls so you can manage what your child has access to online.

Top Internet Safety Tips to share with your child.

  1. Always encourage your child to ask you before they go online, so you can help them find something suitable to do.
  2. Explain to your child that they should never tell strangers their name, address, phone number or where they go to school.
  3. Explain that they should never send photos of themselves to anyone they don’t know.
  4. Encourage your child to tell you if they feel at all unhappy or uncertain about anything online.

Key Tip- Consider adding the ‘Hector’s World Safety Button’ to your computer. Your child will then be able to press this whenever they feel scared or uncertain about something whilst online.

There are many interactive websites, child centred videos and cartoons which teach your child about staying safe whilst having fun online.

The Hector's World site has a series of six cartoons focusing on simple e-safety aspects for young children between the ages of five and seven. The short cartoons are particularly appealing to young children, with the likeable characters, fun names and catchy tunes. This short series is sure to be a hit with all primary aged children.

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