Keeping children safe on the internet
Get Webwise - Taken from 'Digital Schools' Spring 2011
Safer Internet Day was celebrated on Tuesday 8th February 2011 in Ireland and 65 countries around the world. The main objective of this day was to raise awareness about safe and responsible use of internet technologies, especially among children and young people.
How to be Webwise:
- Encourage your child to be careful when disclosing personal information. They should be selective about what personal information and photos they post to online spaces. Explain that once material is online it can easily be copied and used without their permission. Once it's shared, they lose control over who can see it and in what context.
- Talk about the risks associated with meeting online friends. Young people are making friends online and then meeting up with them face-to-face. Agree rules around this that are appropriate for your child. It is a good idea not to go to a meeting alone - always meet in a very public place, and make sure you know when they are doing this.
- Teach your child to be critical of web content. Anyone can post information to the internet without restriction. Encourage your children to be critical of information they find online.
- Report online material you may consider illegal to the appropriate authorities. It is important that we all take responsibility for the web and report harmful content to the website owners and potentially illegal content to www.hotline.ie
- Encourage respect for others. As in everyday life there are informal rules for how to behave when relating to other people on the internet. Encourage your child to be respectful of others when communicating online.
- Know your child's internet use. Whether it's on their mobile phone or PC, it is important to understand how children use the internet and know what they like to do online. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/webwise.
- Remember that the positive aspects of the internet outweigh the negative aspects. The internet is an excellent educational and recreational resource for children. Encourage your child to explore the internet to its full potential.