E-Safety is one of the most important safety issues with young people’s use of computers, mobile devices and using the Internet. As the internet is growing and our children are using technology more and more, it is important that rather to prevent them from using it, we educate them to use it sensibly, responsibly and safely. Children are fast learners so if from the start of their use of ICT we teach them properly, explaining the reasons why we do or don’t do things they will soon be confident and safe users.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre have distributed guidance on how to protect your child online. Please see the information below:
The online world is integral to how children stay in touch with their friends, and access to the internet is now available like never before. However, there are inherent risks associated with new technologies and it is essential for young people and their parents / carers to understand how to reduce these risks.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is the UK’s national child protection agency (visit www.ceop.police.uk for more information). At CEOP, we believe the start of the new school year is the perfect time to speak to your child about how they use the internet and how they can stay safe online.
Through the ClickCEOP advice and help centre, members of the public can access guidance on a broad range of topics to help protect their children, or alternatively report a concern directly to CEOP.
CEOP’s Children and Young People’s programme; Thinkuknow, is used in schools nationwide to educate young people about how to stay safe online. As parents, you can play a fundamental role in this aspect of their education. To stay up to date with further information and advice, please visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to find information on:
- What are the risks posed to your child online?
- What can you do to protect your child?
- Where can you go if you are concerned?
We want to help you and your family stay safe online, there are some simple steps below that you can follow to achieve this.
CEOP has been working with social networking sites such as Facebook, BEBO, MSN and other major providers to put internet safety advice at the fingertips of your child, through the ClickCEOP application.
Here are some links below: