The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
The answer is simple. If you understand the internet and understand what the risks are, there are a number of things you can do that will make your child safer online...
The main dangers associated with children’s use of the internet are:
Make your home E-Safe by following the 5 Do's and Don'ts for an E-Safe Environment (see download below). Use the websites listed below to support you. They include useful information, helpful advice and games for children to play while they learn about the importance of E-Safety. Also explore the other useful useful documents from East Sussex County Council below.