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The internet is a great place to learn, but has many hidden risks and potential dangers- inappropriate content, contact with strangers, cyber- bullying. Talking, teaching and setting boundaries about how to safely use the internet is important lesson for any child or young person in today’s technological world. The following links provide advice to families about protecting the children and young people they live with, ensuring they remain safe from exploitation, explicit material and that they know how to behave appropriately online.

5 top tips for safer families

  1. Talk to you children about their favourite websites, apps and games: check the age appropriateness of apps and games

  2. Check their privacy settings on sharing sites like Facebook and Instagram: discuss with them how they behave towards others and what they post online

  3. Find out about the parental controls your broadband service provides: all the major ISP’s have whole home filtering services

  4. Decide on time limits for technology, like using the internet and gaming: most devices will have ways of limiting and restricting use at certain time

  5. Set individual user accounts on shared computers: create a user account for each child on the family computer with appropriate settings and make the most of parental controls

Microsoft Safer Families| External Website

Microsoft Safer Families - Safety Videos | External Website

This link takes you to the online clips which show you how to maintain safety when using: Xbox one, Xbox 360, windows 7, windows 8 and windows phone

Microsoft Safer Families - Secondary School Safety | External Website

This link takes you to the page which explains the types of common online behaviour that teens participate in: chatting, gaming, search, entertainment. It provides advice and help to ensure that your teen is using the internet safely, without risk

Where can I get extra help?

If you discover misconduct between your child and someone online, stay calm, investigate the facts and seek expert help if needed.

The following websites or phone numbers can offer guidance for specific situations:

  • If your child would prefer to talk to someone in confidence about an experience online, encourage them to contact Childline (0800 1111)
  • If you're concerned about someone's behaviour online towards a child, such as using sexual or other inappropriate language, asking them to share information or meet up, you should report it to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
  • If your child is the victim of cyber-bullying, you can access additional help and support from websites like CyberMentors and BeatBullying