Protecting students from harmful content online

Parents used to worry about porn mags hidden under the bed, now they are worried about their kids browser history.

There are simple tools that help you manage the content your children are able to see, but it’s also a good idea to educate students about internet safety. Young people need to be careful about clicking on links in emails or opening email attachments from people they don’t know.

Of course, as students get older, they need to know how to use the internet wisely and hat means equipping our kids with the skills they need to navigate the internet safely and responsibly.

Simple safety tips

There is no substitute for parental supervision
Use online tools to set parental controls on social media and smart phones
Discuss with your children what content is, and is not appropriate
Discuss the importance of age limits on social media, game sites and video-sharing websites
Use your judgement to know when they are ready to have a social media account (13+)
Explain to your children why they shouldn’t click on links or open attachments sent by people they don’t know
Explain why they shouldn’t respond to surveys or questionnaires
Make sure your children know they can talk to you about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable
Reassure your children that you won’t take away their digital devices if they are open with you
If you’re concerned that something your child has seen online is inappropriate report it to NetSafe
Learn more

For more information on digital learning, email us or call Summit Point School on (09) 973 5354.

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