Remember Danny, the little boy who recently ran up a £1700 bill playing Moshi Monsters on his mum's iPad? Do you know what your children are doing online? They may not be running up huge bills like Danny, but they could be looking at sites not suitable for young eyes, even putting themselves in dange of abuse. Last year Montessori on The Green recently invited Sue Manning, Managing Director of Education Child Protection and an Ambassador for the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre, to give local parents a talk on internet security and how to safeguard our children and teach them to use the internet safely.
Sue began her talk with some very enlightening statistics, like the average age at which children now have a laptop is 5 and the average age to start using a personal mobile is 8 years old. Over 91% of children aged 2-17 play video games! It is now a statutory requirement to teach e-safety in all schools from the age of 5 upwards. (9 million children in England have received internet safety training). Yet children at this age are very susceptible to peer pressure; friends egg each other on and they are not old enough to use the Internet without adult supervision. Realistically this can't be all the time they are online, so set the computer's privacy settings to the highest level. Sue recommended setting up filters through three sites:
Secondly, turn off any location based services on the computer, such as Facebook, where you check in somewhere to tell people your location. It is vital to stress to children that they should never give out any personal information such as age, their address, school etc, over the Internet
Advise your child they should only interact/be friends with people on the internet they have actually met.
Keep communication channels open with your child and make sure your child knows they can talk to you and tell you about anything they find on the internet. Assure them they won’t be told off and that you are there to help them.
Popular social networking sites for children, use with caution as some have been infiltrated before and used inappropriately
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Websites to avoid:
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Remember Danny, the little boy who recently ran up a £1700 bill playing Moshi Monsters on his mum's iPad? Do you know what your children are doing online? They may not be running up huge bills like Danny, but they could be looking at sites not suitable for young eyes, even putting themselves in dange of abuse.