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The best way to help your child to be safe when using the internet and new technology is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules.
Your child should never give out personal details to online ‘friends.’ Use nicknames when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends. Any pictures or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
· Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately.
· If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply, they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult e.g. their teacher.
· Do not open files sent from people you do not know. They could have a virus or even an inappropriate image or film.
· An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life.
· Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘friends’ online. They should never meet up with anyone they have met online.
· Make sure they know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
· Make sure you know language and the acronyms used on the internet.
· Give reasons behind boundaries, time limits and parental controls
Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child; let them know you trust them.
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