Internet Safety Tips for Parents and Carers
(These tips have been taken from guidance published on the following websites: thinkuknow.co.uk and childnet-int.org)
Please reassure children that if they feel uncomfortable when using the internet that they should speak to an adult.
There are websites where you can get further advice and also report suspected cases, please click on the links below:
If you would like to view the Lady Bankes Junior School Anti-bullying policy or any extra information on the topic of Cyberbullying please read on for further information and/or follow the links below.
Link to key advice for parents/carers:
SMART rules http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/beingsmart/
Hillingdon E-Safety Pledge http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/index.jsp?articleid=16275
A film which discusses the importance of internet safety can be found at www.ceop.gov.uk
Key advice to parents and carers on cyberbullying.
When a child is the target of cyberbullying (bullying via mobile phone or the internet) it is vital that as a parent or carer you know how to support your child if they are caught up in cyberbullying.
1. Prevent cyberbullying
Where to start.
It is crucial that you talk with your children, and understand the ways in which they are using the internet and their mobile phone. In this guide there are several points which you may find a helpful starting point for a discussion with them about issues, such as being careful about posting images on personal websites and where to go to get help.
Use the tools
Most software and services on the internet have in-built safety features. Knowing how to use them can prevent unwanted contact. For example, IM services such as MSN Messenger have features which allow users to block others on their contact list, and conversations can be saved on most IM services. Social-networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Bebo also have tools available, e.g. young people can keep their profile set to 'private' so that only approved friends can see it.
With text and picture messaging, it is also important to check with your children's internet or mobile-phone provider to find out what protections they can offer, including whether it is possible to change your mobile number.
2. Responding to cyberbullying
It is vital that you have strategies to help your child if they come to you saying that they are being cyberbullied.
Start by teaching your children the SMART rules. http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/beingsmart/
Keep the evidence
Keeping the evidence of cyberbullying is helpful when reporting an incident. This means keeping copies of offending emails, text messages or online conversations.
There is a number of organisations that can help you if you need to report incidents of cyberbullying.
• The school: if the incident involves a pupil, or pupils, at your child's school, then it is important to let the school know. All schools have a legal duty to have measures in place to support the person being bullied and to apply disciplinary sanctions to the pupil doing the bullying. Schools are increasingly updating these policies to include cyberbullying.
• The provider of the service: most service providers have complaints and abuse policies, and it is important to report the incident to the provider of the service, i.e. the mobile-phone operator (e.g. O2 or Vodafone), the IM provider (e.g. MSN Messenger or AOL), or the social-network provider (e.g. Bebo or Facebook). Most responsible service providers will have a 'Report Abuse' or a nuisance call bureau, and these can provide information and advice on how to help your child.
• The police: if the cyberbullying is serious and a potential criminal offence has been committed you should consider contacting the police. Relevant criminal offences here include harassment and stalking, threats of harm or violence to a person or property, and any evidence of sexual exploitation, e.g. grooming, distribution of sexual images, or inappropriate sexual contact or behaviour.
This guidance has been adapted from Teachernet.gov.uk (2009)