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Do you ever feel that your children know more about online technologies than you do?

The Internet and online technologies are an important part of children's lives at home and school, providing great opportunities for learning and communicating. As we know, these technologies create huge opportunities for us all; however, they can sometimes present challenges to keeping your family safe online.

It is important to be involved in your children's life online. Ask them to show you around the sites they visit, pages they create, games they play, what they talk about and share and with whom. Be curious — ask questions about what you see and listen carefully to the answers.

Have you ever had a family discussion about what children can do online, or set boundaries for technology or Internet use?
A powerful way to learn about your children's technology and Internet use is to talk together and negotiate clear ground rules that fit your child's age, maturity level and your family's values. Discuss the kinds of sites that are off limits, such as social sites not meant for those under age 13.

Would you know what to do if a child came to you and said something online upset him or her?

Children may be looking for someone to trust to confide that something made them feel uncomfortable, nervous or upset. It could be your own child or someone else's and that trusted person could be you, a teacher, coach, counsellor or peer.

Information, advice and support can be found by visiting:

http://www.net-aware.org.uk

A website designed by the NSPCC to keep parents up to date with the social networking sites that their children are using and can keep their child safe in today's digital world.

www.bbc.co.uk/webwise

This website has several different areas on online safety for parents and online security.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

This site offers a range of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/Parental-controls

These controls are designed to help parents and carers manage their child's online activities. There are various types, some of which are free but others which can be bought. However, nothing is totally foolproof so they don't replace the need for adults to support and advise children using the internet.

For detailed guidance on all the different types of control, you can use this online tool from Internet Matters. This gives you the chance to set up a personalised list of the controls used in your home on all your different devices. There is also advice on how to use all the various controls, with videos and step-by-step instructions.

www.childnet-int.org

This website has several different areas which are useful, including Know It All, Sorted and Parents' Support.

www.saferinternet.org.uk/

How to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.

www.digizen.org "digital citizen"

Information about using social network and social media sites creatively and safely.

www.ConnectSafely.org

This is a central space — linked to from social networks across the Web — for learning about safety on "Web 2.0" together. Our forum is also designed to give teens and parents a voice in the public discussion about youth online safety.

www.wiredsafety.org

"WiredSafety provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. We help victims of cyberabuse ranging from online fraud, cyberstalking and child safety, to hacking and malicious code attacks. We also help parents with issues, such as MySpace and cyberbullying."

www.saferinternet.org

Insafe is a network of national nodes that coordinate internet safety awareness in Europe. The network is set up and co-funded within the framework of the European Commission's Safer Internet plus Programme.

www.chatdanger.com

A site all about the potential dangers on interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles... read TRUE STORIES and find out how to chat SAFELY...

www.kidsmart.org.uk

Kidsmart is an award winning practical internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents and agencies.

www.ceop.gov.uk

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is part of UK police and is dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse wherever they may be.

www.vodafone.com

Helping you to help your child manage their digital world. The school sends out the free Digital World magazine as they are published. If you have missed a copy they please call into the school office for your copy.

Minecraft: a parent's guide

Tips and advice for parents for keeping children safe on Minecraft.

ChildLine YouTube videos

ChildLine has launched a series of self-help videos, that are great to share with older children. New videos uploaded every Wednesday tackle a whole range of issues, from trolling and online bullying to setting realistic goals.

https://www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children/

Get Safe Top 10 from the above website:
1.Make sure your computer has up-to-date internet security software, switched on.
2.Don't reveal personal information on social networking sites.
3.Regularly backup the data on your computer and smartphone/tablet.
4.Never reveal your password or PIN when asked to do so by email or on the phone.
5.Make sure your wireless network is secure at all times.
6.Be careful who you are selling to and buying from on auction sites.
7.Choose strong passwords, change them regularly and don't tell anybody what they are.
8.When shopping, paying or banking online, always make sure the website is secure.
9.Always download the latest software and operating system updates when prompted.

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