Parents & Teachers

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  1. If you have accidentally entered your details into a phishing website (CPR, Credit card, pin number, address, bank account details) you need to take immediate attention. Phishing sites are designed to look exactly like your bank, credit card or other financial institution so you are fooled into putting your details into them. They are used by online fraudsters to extract money from victims. If you feel you have been a victim contact the financial institution (i.e. your bank or credit card company) concerned immediately so they can take preventative action.
  2. If you believe a crime has been committed or is likely to be committed or if you think a child is at risk you should contact your local police immediately. Even if you think the threat comes from another country your local police will be the best persons to help.
  3. Always get professional help if your child is threatened in any way.
  4. Use the Internet with your children; you can make it a family experience and by sharing how you use the internet you can all learn more about the benefits and potential risks. Chances are your kids know more about technology and computers than you, so why not get them to explain how things work and help bring your skills up to date. If you involve yourself with what your children do online it will help you to understand what they do and help you to spot potential danger signs.
  5. Keep all the computers in a place where the whole family can see and use them. Keep them out of bedrooms and private lounges. Make sure your children know a parent can join them in their online activity at any time – it will keep them away from risky internet sites and help you to prevent them exposing themselves to harm.
  6. Make sure your children understand the importance of ‘stranger danger’ – that talking to strangers online is as risky as it is offline. Teach them to keep personal details private whether it is their name, address, passwords, school details. Any information shared online can be used to identify them offline and can be used by stalkers to do real harm.
  7. Regularly check your internet browsers history file and check all the browsers on your computer. Also, if the history is always clear or with only a few web addresses you should set a rule for your children to never clear the history. A clear history should make alarm bells ring – chances are your children are hiding what they have been doing.
  8. Unless you are present, never let your children meet people whom they have only ‘met’ online. Let them know why this is a rule they must always obey and help them understand the risks associated with meeting people offline. People online are stranger’s offline, no matter how much time you have spent with them on the Internet.
  9. Teach your children to avoid name-calling, being confrontational with others and causing online fights. If they get into arguments online, monitor the situation and give them guidance on how to resolve the situation positively and to just ‘walk away’. Try and leave any online argument with an ‘agreement to disagree’ to avoid things escalating which is easy to do online.
  10. Review your child’s social media privacy settings and restrict who can access and post content. Most social networking sites have settings access others have to your child’s content. Review these settings with your child and together you will both work out how to use these to limit access. It is good to do this together so you can learn more about who your child thinks should have access to them online and it’ll give you a good opportunity to discuss why limits are important and what dangers you can prevent by using them.
  11. The internet is a free and liberal media and does not have control on what people say and show. Some people use the Internet to say and do things which are not true or which are illegal. As the internet is a place which is not governed by laws from any single country, content you might see, (such as gender, religion, drugs or politics) which is legal in the place where it is posted online, could be illegal for viewing here and vice versa.
  12. Children below the age of 13 are not allowed to register for social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. If they are on these sites or tell you they have registered with them then they must have lied about their age to access the website or they are lying to you.
  13. Unlike TV, radio and newspapers, the Internet is not subject to laws governing the truthfulness of the content, so you should always treat content online with caution as there is no guarantee that what is being written or shown is true or an accurate record of what actually happened. Your children might not have the knowledge to make a good judgment on what is likely to be real or unreal. If you involve yourself in your children’s online activity you can see what content they review and help them to think for themselves and work out what is likely to be real or fiction.