As you will know, the internet can be an amazing resource and provide hours of fun for children. However, there is a side to the internet that can be worrying for any parent.
These guidelines may seem fairly obvious, but by ensuring that your child follows them, you can help remove some of the dangers.
- Make sure the computer your child uses is in an open area in your home.
- Your child should always let you know when they are entering a chatroom.
- When visiting a chatroom your child should always use a nickname and NEVER give out their real name, address, age, phone number, mobile number, school, whether they are a boy or girl, and NEVER send or publish their photos
- Some chatrooms will want you to publish all or some personal information each time your child signs on in the chatroom.
- Others will allow them to create a profile just for publication on the web.
- Your child should remain private.
- Your child should report bad taste and nasty attitude messages in chatrooms to you and to the chatroom providers.
- Your child should never arrange to meet anyone they meet online….no matter what.
- All passwords should be kept private and never given out.
- Your child should never enter chatrooms for adults or for anyone over 18.
- By doing so, they could well be placing themselves in danger.
- You could also end up with a huge phone bill.
- Children send attachments.
- Attachments can spread viruses on your computer and do serious damage.
- When opening attachments, make sure you know the person who is sending you the attachment.
- Even when you know the sender, you can save it on your desktop and scan them with anti-virus software before you open them.
- Make sure you discuss cyberbullying with your child.
- Let them know that if it happens to them, they should come to you and tell you.
- Let them know that even if all other children are cyberbullying others, it is not appropriate behaviour.