Keep in the know about e-safety and follow the 5Ps for parents.
The SMART rules have been written especially for children to remind them how to stay safe online. You can help by going through these rules with your children to ensure they understand them.
Safe - Stay safe by being careful not to give out personal information to people you are chatting with online.
Meeting - Meeting someone who you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' permission and only when they can accompany you.
Accepting - Accepting emails, instant messages or opening files and pictures from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Reliable - Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are.
Tell - Tell your parent, carer or an adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Websites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter are really popular as places for people to chat to friends and meet new ones but you can't always be sure who you're speaking to. There are things that you can do, though, to use chatrooms safely. For example;
'Sexting' is an increasingly common activity among children and young people where they share inappropriate or explicit images online or through mobile phones. It can also refer to written messages.
As a parent, it is important to understand the risks so that you can talk to your child about how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.
'Sexting' is the exchange of self-generated sexually explicit images, through mobile picture messages or webcams over the internet.
Young people may also call it:
'Sexting' is often seen as flirting by children and young people who feel that
it's a part of normal life.
In a ChildLine survey of 13-18 year olds:
Check out this website which gives additional advice on sexting, potential consequences and how to protect yourself.
Sexual images and videos received and sent by strangers - Over half of the young people surveyed by ChildLine said they had received a sexual photo or video, most received them from a partner but a third received them from a stranger. Whilst most said the image went to a boyfriend or girlfriend, a third said they sent it to someone they met online but didn't know in real life and 15 per cent said they had sent it to a total stranger.
ChildLine committed to tackling increasing trend of sexting. Since NSPCC commissioned research uncovered a worryingly increasing trend for 'sexting' and a fear amongst young people of turning to adults for help when things go wrong, ChildLine has been committed to providing young people with support to tackle the issue.
What is Zipit?
Zipit is ChildLine’s first ever app, available for Android, Apple and BlackBerry smartphones (and iPod touch). It’s free to download.
Did you know that if you don't restrict your privacy settings, the whole world can see your Facebook profile, view your pictures and even see what's on your wall? Have you ever stopped to think what the consequences might be of giving out lots of personal information about yourself to people you don't know?
If you've never given it any thought before, you're not alone. Many people don't realise the level of information they are giving away freely on social networking sites and some aren't even aware that there are privacy settings.
Aside from suffering from potential embarrassment (would you really want your mum or your boss to see all those photos of you?), you could be making yourself vulnerable to crime - fraudsters welcome such an open invitation to your personal details - while children's information could be used by sex offenders.
Take time to review your privacy settings on any social networks you use - you will be able to specify exactly who can see your profiles, photos, status updates and other information. We recommend restricting your profile information to only be seen by people you actually know.
For example, in Facebook, you can alter the settings by clicking on the 'Account' menu in the top right of the screen and selecting 'Privacy Settings'. You can alter who sees each bit of your Facebook profile and posts.
It's good practice to check back every so often to make sure that your settings haven't changed - often when social networks update their privacy settings, they will default to allowing everyone to see everything, no matter what your settings may previously have been.
You can find out more about Facebook's privacy settings at: www.facebook.com/help/?page=419
You wouldn't put up a sign outside your house with all your personal details on it, so why make them available to all on social networking sites?
The internet has already established itself as a worldwide market place where you can buy pretty much anything you want. But lots of people are still not sure how safe it is to use credit or debit cards while shopping on-line so here are some tips;
We are often asked these days to create a password that will allow us to log onto websites, do our banking on line or set up an on-line shopping account. Here are some tips for password safety;