Parents and Carers
Do you know how to keep your child safe?
In order to reduce the online risks to teenagers it is important that parents and carers engage with their children and are aware of the simple measures that are available to stay safe online. The top ways to start conversations about this are:
- Ask children to tell you about what sites they visit and what they enjoy doing online. Let them teach you, even if you already think you know it all. The people who know best about what your children are up to online, are your children. Ask them questions such as:
• Why do they like the site?
• What can they do on it?
• What’s so fun about it?
• Who uses it at Horbury Academy?
• Who you can talk to?
• Who are their friends on it?This is a good way to develop a trusting relationship with your child about what they are up to online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share online?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block the services they use.
Facebook has an age restriction of 13 and then tailors its experience to the age of people who are under 18. Are you aware of this and have you checked that your children have registered their account with the correct date of birth? Other social media sites have similar age restrictions.
Bing, Google and most other frequently used search engines all have a safe search setting which filters out most undesirable content. Look for the cog icon, which is also available on Youtube.
The vast majority of devices that connect to the internet, including PCs, laptops, tablets, phones and games consoles all have parental controls and allow restrictions to age-restricted content to be created. All ISPs allow parental controls to be activated on your home internet connection. Further advice and instructions are available on this link:
You may also find the following guides useful:
- Parental Guide – Apple
- Parental Guide – Nintendo 3DS
- Parental Guide – Nintendo Switch
- Parental Guide – Playstation
- Parental Guide – WiiU
- Parental Guide – Xbox 360
- Parental Guide – Xbox family
- Parental Guide – Xbox One
Finally, the sites below offer further useful advice and information: