||Some useful information and sites for parents concerned about e-safety issues.
If your child is upset by anything they have viewed on the Internet, or are the subject of bullying at school you should discuss the matter immediately with the head teacher.
Why do Schools Use the Internet?
The Internet is a huge invaluable resource that children use for:
- Finding Information – Approximately 4 billion WebPages.
- Contacting others – E-mail, Chat, instant messaging.
- Online Games Buying Online – Books, Games, CD’s, DVD’ etc
In addition to the above, changes in the way children learn have forced developments in accessing school work from home via an Internet connection – for example the newly launched BBC Digital Curriculum will contain over 120 GB of information and access to school computers from home will mean children can continue to study away from the school environment. Unfortunately not everybody who publish websites or use the Internet do so with honest intentions and although they are a minority you should be aware of some of the potential hazards to children left alone to use the Internet at home.
- Offensive Material – about 4.2 million pornographic websites, growing at an estimated rate of 18,000 daily.
- Chat – 30% of children meet somebody new in chat rooms and alarmingly 8% of those go on to meet face to face.
- Email – 1 in 4 children are being bullied via mobile phone or online via chat or blog sites.
What can you do to help?
- You can help protect your children by following the simple steps below:
- Keep a watchful eye on Internet use including E-mail & Chat
- Check the history folder of your Internet browser to check what sites have been accessed
- Use a child friendly search engine – Yahooligans or Ask Jeeves for Kids etc
- Could use IE Content Supervisor – only blocks participating sites
- Consider purchasing filter software – netnanny, cyberbloc,etc.
- ISPs also will block unwanted content
- Consider using a different browser – Firefox?
- Enable strict safe searching on search engines