No doubt, as a Parent or Carer, one of your biggest worries is how to make sure your child is safe on the internet.
There are several ways in which you can help.
First of all, the most important thing is to educate your child. By talking and discussing internet safety in ways in which your child can understand, you can go a long way to give them the basic skills to surf safely.
The UK’s front-line agency for Child safety on line is CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). CEOP is part of the UK police force and is dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse wherever they may be. Their website is at www.ceop.gov.uk/
CEOP have established a unique internet child safety program called Think You Know. Visit the online safety centre at www.thinkuknow.co.uk for information and activities for children of ages, plus information for parents, carers and teachers.
MSN have developed a child oriented web safety site called Websafe Crackerz. The site, primarily aimed at the older children in our school and their older siblings, takes the form of a virtual world. In that world the children meet many kinds of potential threats and by reacting appropriately they unlock further areas of the world. The site is available at www.websafecrackerz.com
Additional information is also available from the Crucial Crew, an organisation dedicated to providing information and advice to children about many difficult and challenging scenarios, not just Internet safety, but accident response, first aid etc. The Crucial Crew website is at www.crucial-crew.org
Finally, in this section, take a look at Get Net Wise. Although Get Net Wise is American-based, it is just as relevant to your child, because the internet has no borders. GetNetWise is a public service implemented by Internet industry corporations and public interest organisations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experience. The Get Net Wise website is at www.getnetwise.org
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