Parents are being urged to make online safety a priority as staff and students look forward to the long summer break.
With youngsters at home more during the holiday, they are likely to spend more time online. The internet is a fantastic resource where students can learn, play, socialise and express themselves in all sorts of creative ways – but it comes with risks including bullying, contact from strangers and stumbling across inappropriate content.
With this in mind, CEOP – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – has produced a handy checklist to help parents keep children safe online whilst still allowing them to enjoy the benefits that the internet brings.
Tips include asking children about the sites they use, switching their profile settings to private and ensuring youngsters agree to tell an adult if they are concerned about something online.
The internet opens up a world of opportunity for students, but it comes with risks. It is important that students know how to keep themselves safe – particularly with the long summer holiday on the horizon. Hopefully this checklist will help parents to monitor what their children are doing online.
Useful Advice – Keeping Safe This Summer