Today is Safer Internet Day 2021, if you are on Twitter you can follow the hashtags #SID2021 #bekindonline #bewebwise
It is vitally important to be aware of what your children are accessing on the internet, who they are talking to, what apps they've downloaded etc.
Below are some excellent links from the webwise.ie site that I urge you to watch and show your children where appropriate. *What's in the brackets is who the videos are suitable for.*
https://www.childnet.com/resources/digiduck-stories (younger children)
https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk (older children)
https://www.webwise.ie/category/parents/advice/ (advice for parents)
https://www.webwise.ie/category/videos/videos-for-parents/ (videos for parents)
https://www.webwise.ie/classroom-videos/ (some excellent videos for younger and older children, and if you have children in secondary school you will find some material here for them as well)
https://www.webwise.ie/category/parents/explainers/ (apps explained- be aware of exactly what your child’s apps allow them to do/download/connect with)
https://www.webwise.ie/parents/online-gaming-talking-points-parents/ (what you should know about your child’s gaming)
https://www.webwise.ie/category/parents/how-to/ (reporting inappropriate content, setting up parental controls and safe searches- very important)
The NPC are running Internet Safety classes all week, to sign up, fill in the survey below. This programme will give you practical information and supports to help you as a parent in this vital role. It will help you better understand that your parenting skills are key to keeping your child safe and it will also look at some of the evidence about what children in Ireland are spending their time doing on line and will also examine some of the risks and benefits for children online.
The sessions are taking place online via Zoom at 10am on Monday to Friday, and 8pm on Monday to Thursday next week, starting Monday the 8th. Just click on the link below to register.
If you have any concerns about your child's online activity, please get in touch.