The aim of this page is to help parents/guardians address some of the important questions regarding e-safety and use of the internet at home.
1. Discuss with your children which sites they and their friends use on a regular basis.
2. Discuss the expectations you have of your children with regard to language used, the kind of content posted and images/videos used when online.
3. Do they know how to use the privacy settings available on the social networking sites they use in order to control the information that different potential audiences can see?
4. Ensure your child understands the concerns that you might have with regard to the way they are portrayed and the way that they portray others on social networking sites. Also stress that, in the future, employers/universities might look at your childs digital footprint.
5. Ensure your child understands that certain activities they might engage in or observe others engaging in are illegal.
6. Ensure that they know what to do should things start going wrong, and if they become the subject of abuse or inappropriate comments made about them or people they know.
7. Ensure they understand that their passwords should be private and should not be shared with anyone. In addition, they should aim to change their password on a regular basis.
8. Negotiate a 'phone free' period of time during the evening when they are studying and that there should be a cut-off time after which they should neither send, nor receive text messages.
The sites below will help parents/guardians with some of the conversations suggested above.
GENERAL INTERNET SAFETY RESOURCES
1. A factsheet produced by CHILDNET INTERNATIONAL for parents containing information and online resources dealing with:
- general internet safety sites
- social networking (Facebook / Twitter / Google +)
- smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and media players
- mobile phones
- computer protection & security
- file sharing & downloading
- search engines
2. Please read this Children, ICT & e-Safety' Leaflet for parents and carers.
Children of today are increasingly using Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in schools and in the home.
This guide explains:
- How your children are using ICT in school.
- How using ICT in the home can help children to learn.
- How children can use the Internet safely at home.
- Where to access further information.
SOCIAL NETWORKING - FACEBOOK
3. On www.webwise.ie there is a page explaining 'What is Facebook?' with links to the do's and don'ts of using Facebook.
4. A checklist for protecting your children when using Facebook. This is designed to be a Facebook NCT to give parents and students a chance to understand the settings available to them and to consider who can see the information that they are sharing.
SOCIAL NETWORKING - ASK.FM
5. Explained...'What is ASK.FM?' (From the Webwise website)
6. Read through the Terms and Conditions for ask.fm. Please especially note the section where it states that anything you post there will be public and instantly owned by Ask.fm for them to use and also change / adapt as they please.
7. A checklist for parents when buying mobile phones for their children.
8. Helplines: Listening, Supporting and Empowering:
Childline on 1800 666666. You can text by sending the word ‘talk’ to " 50101. Or, on the service’s website, there are web chat options available.
NPC (National Parents Helpine), call 01-8874477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
www.hotline.ie is an Irish-based internet watchdog which should always be your first port of call if you or your child/student uncover suspected illegal material on any internet service. To file your own report, click here, and follow the simple instructions. You can leave your details or post anonymously.