It can be called E Safety (or e-safety), Online Safety or Internet Safety, but it all means the same thing. It’s about risk; it’s about being aware of the possible threats that online activity can bring, and how to deal with them.
These risks are grouped into four categories:
- Conduct: children’s behaviour may put them at risk
- Content: access to inappropriate or unreliable content may put children at risk
- Contact: interaction with unsuitable, unpleasant or dangerous people may put children at risk
- Commercialism: children’s use of platforms with hidden costs may put them at risk
What can parents do?
T TALK to your child about online sexual abuse. Start the conversation – and listen to their concerns.
A AGREE ground rules about the way you use technology as a family.
L LEARN about the platforms and apps your child loves. Take an interest in their online life.
K KNOW how to use tools, apps, and settings that can help to keep your child safe online.
Useful Links & Further Resources:
- https://learning.nspcc.org.uk: eSafety for Schools
- The Family Lives helpline on 08088002222 for more tailored advice about online abuse
- Anti-bullying Alliance anti-bullying app has more information about online abuse.
- The Mix is a helpline dedicated to helpline young people (under 25) with any challenge they may be facing
- Cybersmile provides lots of information for young people about tackling online abuse
- Christoforus charity provides support and advice on Cyberbullying
- Childline provides help and advice to young people about issues they face
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