Internet safety tips for parents

Remember these top tips for keeping your family safe online:

  • Spend time with your children online. Take an active interest in what your children are doing online
  • Where possible, keep computers/tablets/mobiles in a common room in the house, such as your sitting room.
  • Establish rules for using the internet
  • Protect your children’s passwords
  • Frequently check your computer’s internet history
  • Remember children are accessing the internet at school, friends’ homes, libraries, internet cafés, etc
  • Encourage your children to speak to you, a teacher or another trusted adult if they see anything on a computer that upsets them or makes them feel uncomfortable
  • Remind your children never to give out personal information. Help them to keep this information protected
  • Children should never meet up with anyone they’ve met online without a trusted adult being present
  • Encourage your children to be responsible internet users
  • Stick to the fun and positive sides of the internet

Internet safety tips for children and young people

Follow Childnet’s SMART rules:

  • S – safe. Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information - such as your name, email, phone number, home address, or school name – to people who you don’t know or trust online.
  • M – meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present.
  • A – accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
  • R – reliable. Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the Internet may not be reliable.
  • T – tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. You can report online abuse to the police at Think U Know.

Click here for our Parents Internet Safety advice poster

Bowlee Park takes E-Safety very seriously. Every child is taught from an early age about how to stay safe. All children have regular E-Safety lessons and assemblies.