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Today in our society, e-safety is a crucial part of children’s education. Although the digital world supports your child’s learning, we would like you, as parents, to support your child with the issues faced in the online world and how to protect themselves in the digital world.
Below are some tips on how you could help support your child:
Cyberbullying is as offensive as being bullied physically, but the difference is that it’s being done through digital devices. Examples include bullying taking place over social media sites and text messages using mobile phones. A recent nationwide survey revealed that 55% of children have received hurtful comments online with 18% experiencing cyberbullying and the problem is growing.
• If your child is ever being cyberbullied or even physically bullied, don’t be afraid to contact a member of staff for their support.
• Save clear evidence. To get the evidence you’ll need to save, store and print the evidence of the bullying.
• Report bullying using the ‘Report Bullying’ button on social media websites.
• Teach your child why bullying is very hurtful and the issues that may occur if they are the bully themselves.
• In serious cases, you’ll be able to contact the Police force and they will prosecute under the Harassment Act 1997.
For the past few years, there has been many episodes, which occur on social networking sites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Although it’s a great way to keep in touch with your family and friends, there are also a number of issues that may occur from social network sites. An example of this is unkind comments. Unkind comments can be from anyone that you have on your friends list. Mostly, these cruel comments can be from the school friends that people are in touch with. However, these comments can be seen by family and friends.
Other issues which occur from social networking sites are how many ‘friends’ you’ll have on these sites. For the past few years, there has been a population rage by children about how many ‘friends’ you have on a social media site. This is an issue as you may be friends with virtual strangers. This could expose them to exploitation.
Social media sites let you record personal information about yourself, and can include your telephone number, home address and age. If the correct privacy settings have not been used, your private information may be seen by anyone, even people you do not know will be able to see.
However, if you follow these tips, it will help you and your child know how to stay safe on social networking sites.
The online world poses many dangerous risks for children, this is done through exploitation. The police have set up an organisation, which is named, Child Exploitation Online Protection- this is also known as CEOP. This organisation will help children and their parents, to learn the different dangers on the internet.