INTERNET SAFETY FOR YOUR CHILD
1. Set up your computer in a room that is visible to you.
2. Know the websites your child is visiting.
3. Find out how to set parental controls on your computer and know how to check the history of the websites that have been visited.
4. Talk to your child about what he/she is doing on the internet.
5. Tell your child to tell you if they come across anything that makes them feel uneasy.
6. If they are using a chat program, such as Bebo, make sure that their page is secured by a password that viewers must have to see their page. Otherwise, anyone in the world can read about them.
7. Only use first names when in a chat room.
8. Parents should be aware of everything that their child is seeing/doing on the web.
9. Encourage your child to use a child search engine, such as those listed under the homework tab on our website.
The internet can be a very useful, fun and interesting tool for children, but parents should be aware of its potential dangers. If children are taught how to be careful and are carefully monitored by their parents, they will have a positive experience with the internet. Please check the links below for more information on internet safety for children.
Tips on Internet Safety
(Parents and Children)
- Before you post anything online, ask yourself whether you would share the information in front of everyone at an all-school assembly. Once you post something online, it is there for everyone to see.
- Be nice and polite to everyone you contact online. Avoid contact with strangers.
- Do not share your passwords with ANYONE other than your parents—not even your friends.
- Do not provide information regarding your whereabouts online without a parent’spermission.
- Never arrange to meet with someone face-to-face who you come across online.
- Do not forward any photos or images that contain nudity.
- If you receive a message from someone that makes you feel upset or worried, show it toyour parents or a teacher.
- Think before you text or post because your words and images can impact upon your reputation and can damage your future success.
- Conduct yourself online in the way you conduct yourself in the real off-line world. If you would not say something to someone’s face, then do not say it over email or by text.
- The Internet is a wonderful place to find information and connect with people and friends. Surf safely and remember the three Cs…avoid contact with strangers, consider the content of your message and conduct yourself responsibly online. Check out www.webwise.ie
Surf with Care!
While the internet can be a great place to learn and have fun, you still have to be careful. Just as you stay away from strangers on the street, be careful about strangers on the internet.
Kids’ Rules for Online Safety.
- Tell your parents if you come across anything on the Internet which makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Leave a chat room if you feel uncomfortable about what’s being said and talk to your parents or an adult you trust about it.
- It’s easy for people on the internet to lie about who they really are and it’s helpful sometimes to be sure about who you’re really talking to.
- Check with your parents about any rules they might have regarding when you can use the internet, open e-mails or use chat rooms etc.
- Stop if you are asked to give any kind of personal details over the internet. (e-mail address, photos of yourself etc.) Always get permission first.
Don’t give out your internet password to anyone (even your best friend) other than your parents.