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, tablet 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.
E-Safety is taught in school to all children before they embark on an internet based unit of work, and revisited periodically at other times of the year. As well as using various resources online, including those found at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOPs) we also are supported by the RMP.
Of course, you can do your bit too.
For information and advice visit CEOPs ‘Think You Know’ site with a section specifically tailored for parents.
Lots of fun and informative games and tasks all about staying safe on the internet.
For children aged 5, 6 or 7 click here - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/
For children aged 8, 9 or 10 click here - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
For children aged 11 click here - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_16/
Some other fun games
Safety land is normally a very nice place to live, but a nasty character is sending yucky emails and messages. Captain Broadband needs your help to find the nasty character. You need to navigate around Safety land answering questions. When you have answered them all correctly, the nasty character will be taken to jail and you’ll become a certified hero, just like Captain Broadband.
Test your knowledge of internet safety with this quiz from CBBC Newsround.
There’s also further information if you’re not sure on anything.
Be totally cool and show your friends how much you know about Internet safety by watching the video clips on here. There are also loads of activities and games that will test your knowledge!
McGruff is a Crime Dog - world famous for his advice on how to stop crime before it happens, and for his great sense of humour! Some of his work involves teaching children how to stay safe online. Check out the different areas of the site – there’s so much to learn!