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E-Safety

 

E-safety means electronic safety. It is about protecting children in the digital world and ensuring they feel safe when accessing new technology.

 

E-safety is important because it safeguards the concerns of children and young people. It also emphasizes the importance and use of new technologies in a positive way as well as encouraging young people to develop safer online behaviours.

 

Top Tips

 

Talk to your child about what they are up to online
 
Be part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them. If they know you understand, they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems
 
 
Watch Thinkuknow site films and cartoons with your child
 
 
 
Encourage your child to go online to help with learning
 
There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to to use websites and apps which are fun, educational and that will help them develop online skills
 
 
Keep up-to-date with your child's development online
 
Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It's important that as your child learns more, so do you
 
 
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world
 
Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss the boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online safely
 
 
Keep all equipment that connects to the Internet in a family space
 
It is important to keep Internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something you would prefer them not to see
 
 
Know what connects to the Internet and how
 
Nowadays even the TV connects to the Internet. Make sure you're aware of which devices that you child uses connect to the Internet, such as smartphones, iPads and tablets, Xbox, PlayStation and other games consoles. Also find out how they are accessing the Internet - is it your connection or a neighbour's wifi? This will affect whether your safety settings are being applied
 
Use parental controls on devices that link to the Internet
 
This allows you to set the appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops