Online safety

The internet is a source of concern for many parents.  This page offers information for parents about how you can help to keep your daughter/son safe when using the Internet.

Please see links below to two websites to support you in keeping your child safe online along with other useful parenting advice on matters such as sex and relationships and health and wellbeing:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Listing/?cat=66,67,68,69,70,72&ref=4765#mMain

https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parent-guides

Other useful guides for parents

Internet Safety Tips for Parents

A Guide to Keeping Safe Online – PDF

A Parent’s and Carer’s Guide to E-Safety  in the Home

E-Safety Policy March 2015

YouNow Parents’ Guide – Information about YouNow a live-streaming social network. This guide is to help parents understand this video chat service and to be aware of serious issues such as inappropriate content and the sharing of personal information.

Snapchat guide for Parents

Online safety tips for parents 

    • Ensure your child shares their password with you to enable you to monitor ‘chat’
    • Educate your child to never put pictures of themselves, members of the family, friends etc on Facebook or other social media sites.
    • If your child has access to a web camera, make sure you know when and what it is being used for.
    • Ensure that the online parental controls are set correctly, and please do not ask your child how to do this, ask a trusted friend or refer to your internet service provider.
    • Use the ‘Report Abuse’ facility on social media sites; they are an excellent way to report any suspicious activity.
    • You can also obtain help and report concerns via our online ‘SHARP’ (Student Help Advice Reporting Page) System. This online tool allows anyone to report any concerns or incidents which occur within the school and local community anonymously. cowleysthelens.thesharpsystem.com

You don’t have to be paranoid, you just have to ensure you know what your child is doing when they are using a computer or internet connected mobile phone.

The quotation at the top of this article is very true, modern technology used correctly is a wonderful thing, but it is also a source of great danger to our young people if not used within limits and monitored.