The internet provides a useful educational tool for both parents and children alike. Most homes have an internet connection and research shows that children are the main users.
Did you know that 1 in 12 children actually go to meet people they have only met online?
Let us show you some tips to keep you and your family safe online. It would be a good idea to go over these with your children as well.
- Never give out information that could allow someone to find you offline.
- Always keep your personal details private – including your name, address, email address and mobile phone number.
- Never arrange to meet someone you have met online.
- Do not feel pressured into meeting someone you do not want to meet.
- Only use moderated chat rooms.
- Do not add people you do not know to your Instant Messaging buddy lists.
- Remember that the person you are chatting to online may not be who they say they are.
- If you upload a picture then anyone can use or alter it. It is also possible that they could use your photograph and pretend to be you.
- If you receive an email from someone you do not know then delete it without reading.
- Use caution:
- If someone or something is making you uncomfortable or worried then talk to an adult you trust.
Advice for Parents
Safety features are fitted in computers but parents can also buy browsers, search engines or specific software to prevent children accessing unsuitable material.
You should keep all computers in a family area, not bedrooms, as this will allow you and your child to get the most out of the internet together. Your will also be able to keep an eye on what your child is doing online.
You can find more advice on the following websites:
If you ever find any illegal material or images while surfing, report it to the Internet Watch Foundation.