e-safety Information Evening for Parents 15.12.2010

At Caroline Chisholm School on Wednesday 15th December, 4-5pm.

Presented by Caroline Moore, the Northamptonshire County Council e-safety officer, this session aims to inform you of the potential risks to young Internet users and how best to protect them. Caroline will be focussing on issues arising from the use of social networking, online gaming and mobile-phone technology amongst others. Parents who attended the e-safety evening last year found the evening to be highly informative, up-to-date and full of very useful tips and advice. Please e-mail office@ccs.northants.sch.uk to reserve your place.

Internet Safety

  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.
  • Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
  • Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post on their profiles. Inform them that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
  • It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as result sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.
  • If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
  • It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
  • Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.

Further online advice from CEOP can be found here: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/.