E-safety Presentation

Aims of this session:
• Look at how children are using the Internet
• Raise awareness of e Safety issues
• Consider ways of supporting parents/ carers
• Offer guidance on keeping your child safe
• Next steps
The internet has
many positives that
we want our
children to enjoy
There are however a
number of dangers
which we need to be
aware of as parents and
91% of homes have access to the internet
31% of young people have internet access in their bedroom
75% of older children have a games console in their room
Over a third of 3-4 year olds access the internet at home
More than half of all children (53%) are never or hardly supervised online by their
parents / carers
81% of parents think they know what their children are doing all or most of the time
when access the internet
Are you one of the 28% of parents who use the internet and describe yourself
as a beginner?
7% of children describe themselves as beginners!
How do
children use
the internet?
How do our
access the
Your child may be playing on the computer on sites like Club Penguin, CBeebies,
Moshi Monsters or Neopets. They may have a console, like a Wii or an Xbox –
remember, most consoles connect to the internet.
• Be involved in your child’s gaming – talk to them about what games they play and
why they like them.
• Even games aimed at younger children like Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters,
enable players to have an online profile and communicate with other players. This
is all part of the fun, but it is important to consider potential issues.
• Help them to understand why it’s never a good idea to share personal information
such as their name, address, email address, passwords, telephone numbers or the
name of their school with people they don’t know and trust in the real world. Talk
to your child about how people can sometimes lie online or pretend to be
someone else.
• Some games aimed at this age group require users to ‘sign up’ for an account. At
this age, this should require parental permission. This usually means entering a
parent’s email address during the registration process, you will then receive an
email asking if you are happy for your child to join. If this happens, it shows that
the site has thought about the safety of their users and wishes for the parents to
be involved in their child’s online life.
• Look to see if the game has advice for parents and carers. This can help you to
assess the appropriateness and learn more about the functions of the site. In
general, this content tends to focus on the fun aspects of the game, but it should
also highlight the safety measures the site has in place to protect your child and
what you can do as a parent or carer to protect them.
• A lot of games sites have adverts which flash and look exciting! These adverts
take children away from the original site – something to think about.
Internet searching
With a world of information at their fingertips, it’s easy for children to stumble across
things that might upset or disturb them. They might also come across sites which aren’t
suitable for their age.
Remember, this can happen by accident and, while most parents and carers trust their
children online, children are naturally curious. They may search ‘rude’ words, without
thinking about the results they might get!
• Talk to your child about how to search for things on internet. Discuss what is
appropriate and what isn’t.
• Keep a close eye on what your children are searching for – this is easily done if the
computer is kept in a busy family room rather than the child’s bedroom.
• Consider changing the search settings on search engines. These aim to prevent the
search engine bringing up results which might not be suitable for children.
Note: No filter is 100% accurate and sometimes content slips through the net.
• Ensure that your child knows to come and tell you if they see something that upsets
Search Engines
There are many different search engines available – the most common ones
probably being Google, Yahoo and Bing.
All of these search engines have settings which you can change. These filters will
block the vast majority of inappropriate results – it is important to remember
though that as the internet is expanding everyday things may still get through
these blocks.
KidRex is a custom Google search engine
for kids. The interface is just like a child’s
crayon drawing (the dinosaur stands
guard). It uses SafeSearch and tries to
keep all the results as antiseptic as
Safe Search for Kids is the child friendly
search engine where safe search is
always ‘on’. Powered by Google.
Social Media
To comply with different legislation, Facebook and many other social networking
sites, require users to be 13 and over in order to set-up an account.
However, we do know that increasing numbers of children are registering on sites
like Facebook, by claiming to be older than they are.
Sites like Facebook enable children to share an incredible amount of information
about themselves, have conversations with their friends and also potentially
provide contact with people they don’t know. With this in mind, you should take
the age restriction as seriously as you would an age restriction for the cinema.
If your child is setting up a Facebook account, consider the following:
• Help them set up their account – make sure that they don’t put any unnecessary
personal information.
• Don’t make them any older than they are. Facebook have separate security settings
in place for younger users
• Be a ‘friend’ of your child – this way you can keep an eye on what’s going on.
• Use your email address as the main contact – this way you can see the people who
are ‘friending’, messaging and commenting on your child’s profile.
• Talk through the privacy settings – go through the settings step-by-step.
• Set privacy settings to ‘friends only’ and ensure that the friends they have are ones
they know and trust in the real world.
• Limit the amount of adult ‘friends’ they have – these could be friends of yours or
family members. These users may post content which you would not want your child
to see!
• Talk to them about some of the things that can go wrong – such as bullying,
unwanted contact and inappropriate content.
• Ask them to talk to you about anything that makes them feel unhappy.
• Learn how to report any issues directly to the site.
Your child may ask to have their own email account. You need to think about whether they are old
enough and mature enough to have an account that will provide them with some independence
online, such as giving them the ability to register with websites.
If your child is setting up an account, here are some simple steps you can take to help them use it
safely and securely.
Set up the account with them – this will give you a good idea of what personal information has
been asked for and the functionality of the account.
Check moderation possibilities – popular services such as Hotmail have parental controls to assist
you with the moderation of the account. Some allow you to have a family account or moderation
rights. This way you can see the emails received and the sites your child is registering on too. If
this is not possible, you can share the password to the account, especially for younger age groups;
this way you can moderate if you feel necessary.
Ask your child to only email people they know and trust in the real world.
Ask them to never click on emails from people they don’t know or links they don’t recognise, as
they could contain a virus which will harm the computer, or take them to a site which is
Encourage them to tell you if they see anything that upsets them online, because you can help
• Talk to your child about what they do on the internet.
• Keep a close eye on what websites they visit.
• Keep the computer in a busy family room – this makes it easier to see what your
child is doing and keep an eye on how much time they spend on the computer.
• Make an agreement with your child regarding use of the computer – what they are
allowed to do and how long for.
• Remind them about not giving out any personal information without your
• Remind them to tell you if they see something that upsets them
• Remind your children not to share any pictures they wouldn’t be happy to share
with you.
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