E-safety or E-safeguarding is a rapidly growing area with the proliferation of a range of devices in young people’s lives.
We as adults have to be extra vigilant as today’s young people have grown up with using technology and gadgets as second nature.
Quick guide for parents
Be involved in your child’s online life, for example discuss what you child is doing on the internet, who they are meeting, what they are doing.
Watch videos from SWGFL or Thinkyouknow to learn more about E-safety, they are updated regularly and involve many real life situations.
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. As children grow older the range of technology they use grows as do the applications they use with the gadgets.
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. For example ensure technology is not used away from your supervision. Ensure breaks from technology are insisted upon.
Know what connects to the internet and how. There are some pieces of technology that obviously connect to the internet e.g. Smart Phones, Tablets and Laptops. However less obvious may be games consoles, blu-ray players or televisions.
Consider the use of parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are online. People might not always be who they say they are. Make sure your child understands that they should never meet up with anyone they only know online without taking a trusted adult with them.
Know what to do if something goes wrong. Look out for the CEOP reporting icon.