Online Safety Advice for Parents

Safer Internet Day

Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls will be actively taking part in Safer Internet Day 2017 with with a whole school assembly delivered by IT Security experts, forming the basis for class discussions and activites throughout the day.

Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations unite to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK, of which Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls is proud to be a part of.

SMART

At Al-Ashraf we empower children with the understanding and knowledge of how to keep themselves safe online using the SMART rules:

  • SAFE – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
  • MEETING – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
  • ACCEPTING – Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
  • RELIABLE – Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
  • TELL – Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

There are also things you could try at home to help to ensure your child stays safe online.

Social Media/Networking

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter continue to grow in terms of its popularity especially with teenagers.

Please click on the links below which aim to provide support regarding a range of key topics in relation to social networking.

Set up parental controls on devices and through your internet provider.

Internet providers

This link contains a short helpful video for each of the four main internet providers (BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media) explaining how to activate the free parental controls:

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls

It is also advisable to check that children are using your wireless connection and not that of a neighbour as these parental controls only apply to your own wireless connection.

Devices

For help setting up parental controls on various devices,click on the relevant links:

iPad -  iPod Touch - iPhone - Blackberry - Xbox - PlayStation - Wii

Age Ratings

Know the age ratings for games and apps and use https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ to review the content of these games/apps.

Use the search option to type in the name of the game or app.

Also be aware that many games can also be played online.

For more information on online gaming please follow this link

Discussions with your Children

Discuss with your child about how they use the internet and what they would do if they have any issues.

We encourage children to tell a trusted adult if they are experiencing cyber bullying; if they find inappropriate content or if they are unsure of something online.

If you do need to report inappropriate behaviour, it can be done through this website - http://www.ceop.police.uk/

Discuss social media with your child.

We teach children in school that once something is posted online it can stay there forever.

A useful video about social media to watch with children as a starting point can be found here

For more information about young people and social networking please follow this link

Safe Locations in the House

Try to ensure when children are using devices, laptops and computers that they are in an area of the house where you can walk by and see what your child is using.

This will help to keep you aware of how your child is using the internet and may help to keep open the lines of communication about using the internet safely.