Online Safety

Helping your child stay safe online...

The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.  It is so important then that we make our children aware of how to stay safe online...   


Top Tips to Keep Your child Safe    


  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.
  • Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
  • Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post on their profiles. Inform them that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
  • It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as result sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.
  • If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
  • It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.

      Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable

There are some useful links and documents below to help you keep your child safe online:

Parenting in a Digital World.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.6 MB]
Social Media Policy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [764.2 KB]

Think u Know provides a Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people & parents.



The child exploitation and online protection website gives information on how to stay safe online.



Common Sense Media is a brilliant website that can provide information about the suitability of websites, games, films and social media sites such as Omegle & Kic

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