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A Guide to e-Safety for Parents and Carers

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How to stay netsafe...


Video 1 - On Line Friends


1. Be wary - people may not be who they say they are
2. Don't give out personal info
3. Stay in public areas of chat rooms
4. Don't open attachments or respond to them
5. Be cautious about meeting online friends face to face

1. People may not be who they say they are

Even the most web savvy of us can be caught out by people who aren't who they say they are, so don't take things at face value when meeting people in chatrooms.
It can be scary but people such as child sex offenders do use chat to make contact. It's unlikely they'll tell you the truth about who they are, instead they'll probably pretend to be the same age as you - a potential mate. They'll spend months chatting, gaining your trust and pretending to be friendly and sympathetic - a process called 'grooming'.
So keep your wits about you, trust your judgement and if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable when you are chatting, let an adult know about it. True mates will be happy for you to tell your parents about your friendship whereas someone with dodgy intentions may want to keep your chats a secret.




  Video 2 - Personal Information



2. Don't give out personal info.

Would you give a complete stranger your name, address and telephone number? No - then why do it in a chatroom/message board then?

It's easy for people to hide behind e-mail or text messages. Think of all the hassle you'd have to go through if you started receiving abusive texts and had to change your mobile number. You can avoid that grief by never swapping phone numbers in chatrooms.

But remember, if you do give away personal details, don't panic. Let your parents know. Pest texts sent to your mobile can be traced back to the true sender and the mobile service provider will be able to help. Most e-mail programmes allow you to block out messages from people you don't want to hear from, so give that a go too, they are usually easy to use.



  Video 3 - On Line Chat


 3. Always stay in public areas of chatrooms
Chatrooms have private and public areas. In the public areas everyone can see what is being typed or said. Alternatively, the private areas are used to hold one-to-one conversations, known as 'whispering' (think of it like stepping out of a busy party for a private chat). These one-to-one conversations are potentially dangerous. Getting a child alone is exactly what a paedophile wants. Encourage your child to always stay in the public area of a chatroom where everyone can see what's being said.


 Video 4 - Email Attachments


4. Don't open attachments or download files from people you do not know
Only open files and attachments from people you know - otherwise you risk getting a virus or receiving unwanted material.


 Video 5 - Never Meet Anyone you have only met On Line


5. Be cautious about meeting online friends

You should never meet up with someone you have only met in a chatroom no matter how long you've known them or how tempting it seems, because this is really, really risky. But if you are determined to meet up with a friend then NEVER go it alone. Always take a parent, older brother, or other trusted adult with you and ALWAYS tell an adult where you are going, and what time you'll be back.




Other Useful information

Make Your Social Networking More Private

Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your child's website. Some social networking sites have settings to limit the information you share with others. Show your child how to use these settings to limit who can view their online profile, and explain to them why this is important.

Below are few samples of how to change the preferences in some social networking sites: