Internet Safety

Guidelines for Parents

The following list contains some ways to stay safe and notice dangers

  • Can you use a computer and are you internet savvy?
  • Do you know if your child has access to the internet?
  • If so what do they do online?
  • Who do they chat to?
  • Have you any internet safety precautions in place?
  • Have you spoken to your child about the dangers faced on the internet?
  • Do you know what an App is and if so, do you know their purpose?

Guidelines for Children and Young People

The following list contains some ways to stay safe and notice dangers

  • Place computers in a public space where everyone can see what is being viewed.
  • Remember that phones, I pads, and other tablets can also access the internet.
  • Social media sites can be good for your teen but they do need to be monitored. Ensure your child has made you a friend on their page.
  • Educate yourself on internet talk, language and talk to your young person about what they do on line.
  • Monitor time spent on line to ensure it is not excessive. Do you have a time limit in place?
  • Compile a list of safe sites and chat rooms.
  • Warn young people about unsafe sites. Encourage them to become critical users, e.g. is this information true

Stay Safe – Online Tips

  • Do not give any personal information about yourself to someone you have met on the internet. e.g.  Address, phone number, where you go to school.
  • Do not send a picture of yourself in naked or sexual poses to anyone even your boyfriend, this relationship might not last and if it ends badly your photo could end up shared with people you did not wish to see it.
  • Remember that the age of consent in this country is 17years. If you are found to have/send images on/from any device that are explicit and are of young people you are breaking the law and could face a prison sentence.
  • If someone suggests that you meet up somewhere its usually best not to do this, however if you have decided to go ahead and meet them always inform an adult and ask for advice or permission.
  • If you receive messages that are of an abusive nature, sexually or bullying inform an adult and ask for support.