As you are aware, we are keen to ensure that all that can be done is done regarding children’s online safety and I would bring to your attention an important matter regarding increased risks related to children and recent trends seen nationally and locally.
In recent times, there has been a noticeable increase in cases where children have accessed unsuitable websites without proper monitoring in the home. We understand that the internet can be a valuable resource for learning and entertainment, but it is crucial to ensure that your child's online experience remains safe and appropriate.
To address this concern, we strongly advise parents to actively monitor their children's online access at home. By doing so, you can help protect your child from stumbling upon inappropriate content and ensure their online activities align with their age and maturity level.
Here are a few practical steps you can take to enhance online safety for your child:
1. Establish open communication: Encourage your child to discuss their online activities with you. Create an environment where they feel comfortable sharing their experiences and any concerns they may have encountered while browsing the internet.
2. Set clear guidelines: Establish rules and boundaries for internet usage at home. Discuss appropriate websites, time limits, and the importance of seeking permission before accessing new platforms or content.
3. Utilise parental control tools: Take advantage of the various parental control features available on devices and internet browsers. These tools can help filter out inappropriate content and restrict access to certain websites.
4. Educate your child about online safety: Teach your child about the potential risks associated with the internet, such as sharing personal information or interacting with strangers online. Encourage them to be cautious and responsible while browsing.
5. Regularly monitor online activities: Periodically check your child's browsing history and online interactions. This will allow you to identify any potential issues and address them promptly.
6. If you feel that your child is at risk of harm from an adult making contact or requesting contact or the sharing of images, please inform the police
By implementing these measures, you can play an active role in safeguarding your child's online experience and ensuring they have a positive and secure digital environment.
We understand that navigating the online world can be challenging, but by working together, we can create a safer online environment for our children. If you have any concerns or require further guidance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.