E – Safety

Being Safe on the Internet at Home

To help safeguard your children at home it is advisable to set security levels within “Internet Explorer” or other browsers.  Putting the computer in a shared family area will help you to supervise children as they use the internet.

Also consider mobile phones and games consoles and other devices that can access the internet.

Remember you can…

  1. Purchase Antivirus/Internet Security software
  2. Use the security controls provided by your Internet service provider
  3. Set the security controls in your Web Browser
  4. Set Privacy options to prevent people from gaining information about your computer.

Whilst enjoying the wide variety of material and games available, be sure to discuss them with simple rules for keeping safe online.

Simple rules for keeping your child safe

  • Ask permission before using the Internet and discuss what websites they are using
  • Only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine
  • Only email people they know, (why not consider setting up an address book?)
  • Ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know
  • Not use their real name when using games or websites on the Internet, (create a nick name)
  • Never give out any personal information about themselves, friends or family online including home address, phone or mobile number
  • Only use a webcam with people they know
  • Tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with