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.
Which has recommendations on How to choose the best anti virus software
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.
Talk to your Children
New Digital Resilience Content for Parents from Internet Matters
This content has been developed with Dr Linda Papadopoulos, child psychologist and Internet Matters Ambassador. There are 5 new videos. You can view them either from the website page below or on YouTube here:
- Digital Resilience for parents with 6-10’s
- Digital Resilience for parents with 11-13
- Digital Resilience for parents with 14+
- Overview video of what does digital resilience mean
- Parenting styles video which is critical in developing a resilient child
There are also 5 supporting infographics which can be printed or downloaded. Again these can be accessed on the web link below; an example can be found here.
You can access all the videos, infographics and further content at www.internetmatters.org/advice/digital-resilience-toolkit/
Internet Matters also has a Free App to download, designed to help parents to talk to their children.
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’.
Do you know about the Parent Lounge? They have live advice and tips, covering a range of difficult topics chosen by parents. Worth seeing if they have answers to any questions your looking for!
Their Parents Helpline has experts who give their advice and tips on a range of topics chosen by you, from how to have difficult conversations with your child, to managing anxiety in children.
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 also has lots of practical online safety advice, information and guidance to help reduce the risks of using the internet. There is also a quick guide for parents on “apps and gaming online” available from Suffolk County Council. This quick guide highlights those that might create risky situations for children. The pages are constantly updated!
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. Key findings from the 2017 cybersurvey will be presented at the 2018 annual online safety conference in February, alongside the full report.
Lots more useful E-Safety information can be found on these websites:
Get Safe On-line
NSPCC On-line Safety
Childline Staying Safe On-line
Safety Net Kids
Think U Know
Age UK Internet Security
You can continue to follow our E-safety information on our Social Media on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SuffolkEsafety.