E-safety is a term which means not only the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones. How can people protect themselves, their parents, and their children from deliberate hurt, humiliation, harassment, intimidation or threatening someone else, whilst using the internet or a mobile phone?
Social Media is such an easy way to stay in touch, contact friends and share photos, but increasingly ‘security’ has become more and more of an issue.
Top 5 E-Safety Tips
- Install Firewall/Security Software and Backup your data
- Activate Parental Controls
- Talk to, and understand, how your children are communicating with ‘Friends’
- Set up Strong Passwords for each App, something that you don’t use anywhere else
- Avoid Oversharing, you don’t know who’s looking at your Social Media
Firewall/Security Software/Internet Safety
Install a firewall. It acts as a barrier between the internet and your own computer. Get Safe On-line says it’s like having your own dedicated security guard who stops anyone coming into your computer if they’re not on the guest list.
The internet enables you to carry out everyday tasks online. Read the news, enjoy entertainment, book our holidays, shop, contact friends and do your banking. However there are a number of risks associated with going online to be aware of.
Regularly back up your data. The information held on your computer may be irreplaceable.
Use Parental Controls
Do you know how to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home? NO!
The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together with UK Safer Internet Centre to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.
Planning to talk to your child about sex, relationships and their lives online can be tricky. You can find lots of advice about these complex areas from the National Crime Agency ‘Talking to children about online safety’.
There are things you can do to help keep your Facebook account secure, including creating a strong password that you don’t use on other websites.
There are also things you can do to help keep your Twitter account secure,
How to avoid Oversharing on Social Media
There are several ways to avoid oversharing on social media. Be mindful of your security when using social media, and avoid using check-in and automatic location functions. Consider who is going to see your postings!
Helping Children and Young People to Stay Safe Online
Children and young people are worried about cyberbullying and internet safety. Here are some top tips from Safety Net Kids on how to deal with cyberbullying, how to stay safe online and how to stay safe using mobile phones.
A recent article in the East Anglian Daily Daily Times quoted Suffolk Police saying that “Suffolk’s children face a “sexting pandemic” – with explicit images being used to exploit, blackmail and sham victims.
Suffolk County Council’s 2016 cybersurvey was aimed at making it easier for more young people and vulnerable adults to share how they use the internet and social media, and the experiences they have had – whether positive or negative.
There is also a quick guide for parents on “how to help you keep your child safe online” available from Suffolk County Council. This quick guide highlights those that might create risky situations for children. The pages are constantly updated!
Lots more useful E-Safety information can be found on these websites: