Useful e-safety guidelines to discuss with your child:
- Maintain an open dialogue with your child
- Create a family agreement to establish your children's boundaries and your expectations
- Give your child strategies to deal with any online content that they are not comfortable with
- Consider using filtering software to block unwanted content
- Explain the dangers of posting content and the trail that can be left behind
- Understand the law by familiarising yourself with the age ratings for games and apps
- Familiarise yourself with the privacy settings and reporting features
- Set up a family email address that your children can use when signing up to new games and website online
- Encourage them never to divulge any personal information such as age, address or contact details to anyone online
- Encourage your children to use nicknames (where possible) instead of their full name online and create strong passwords for every account.
- Younger children (under 13) should not use social networking sites such as Facebook and they will delete any accounts that are reported to them.
- Encourage your children to think carefully about any information, especially pictures that they post on their profile.
- Help your child understand that some people lie about themselves on line.
Useful websites for more information:
www.commonsencemedia.org (this website provides independent reviews, age ratings and other information about all types of media)