The Internet has become an important part of children’s lives. A world has opened up which offers many positive opportunities.
Children start using computers from a very early age and are increasingly using the Internet whether it is at home, in school, on their mobile phones or on a games console. With this in mind, Internet Safety and knowing how to help protect children and young people online, is essential.
Just as we want to keep our children safe in the real world, we will want to do the same in the virtual world. While it is important that we understand enough about the Internet to keep our children safe from harm, it is equally important that we equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe so that they can experience the Internet positively and responsibly.
Some useful links:
What's the problem? - a guide for parents of children and young people who have got into trouble online. It is designed to answer some of the immediate questions you may have after learning that something is happening, or has happened, in your child's online life.
Click the image or go to Parents Protect! - a project of The Lucy Faithfull Foundation.
CEOP's You Tube Video (shown at the January 2014 Parents' and Carers' Forum)
Some key facts:
93% of all 5-15 year olds used the Internet in 2013. This breaks down by age as:
–four in five 5-7 year olds (82%)
– nearly all 8-11 year olds (96%)
– 12-15 year olds (99%).
The estimated weekly volume of Internet use at home in 2013 increased with the age of the child:
– 6.5 hours for 3-4 year olds
– 6.7 hours for 5-7 year olds
– 9.2 hours for 8-11 year olds
– 17.0 hours for 12-15 year olds