E-Safety is a challenging subject and not just a subject for children in school, its a subject for everyone at all times! With this in mind, we have put together a selection of links that will help you to be careful when using the internet and some great tips on keeping safe.
- “Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online.” – http://internetmatters.org
- Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command and has many sections aimed at children/young people/parents and teachers. – http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
- The Kidsmart website has been written by Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working to help make the internet a great place for children.” – http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/ | http://www.childnet.com
Computer Parental Controls
There are several ways to keep your children safe on your home computer or laptop.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 offer parental control systems that allow you to block or control what your children can see. The links below will help you set these up.
- Windows 7 Parent Control – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos/using-parental-controls
- K9 Internet Filtering – http://www1.k9webprotection.com/
- Parent Control Bar – http://parentalcontrolbar.org
Apple Mac computers provide some controls for parents which you can read about below.
- OSX v10.5/10.6 Controls – http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2900
If you are not using the default internet browser on your computer then you may find that the controls above are not applied. However most of the common browsers will provide some parental controls of their own. You should investigate this before installing a browser that can be used by your children.
Games Console Parental Controls
All of the modern games consoles can now access the internet but also provide some controls so that parents can have some control over what can be accessed.The links below will provide information on how to use these controls.
Mobiel Device Parental Controls
There a many mobile devices available now that can access the internet. The websites below provide some helpful information about the potential dangers of mobile devices.
- ThinkUKnow Mobiles – http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/control/mobile/
- KidSmart Mobiles – http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/downloads/mobiles.pdf
Apple products come with some parental controls that you can read about in the link below but the other products often have 3rd party apps available that can provide parental control. You can find out more about these by searching on the internet.
- iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4213
If your child’s device is accessing the internet on a mobile phone network then the networks are required to provide a content filter to protect young users. However this is normally switched off to start with so you will need to contact them to enable it.