Don't place a PC or games console with internet access in a child's bedroom - make sure it's kept in a communal family space
Activate the parental controls available in your Operating System. Many games also have parental controls.
Do get involved in what your child is doing online - ask them to show you and ask questions
Don't be afraid to limit the time your child spends online
Keep your home PC as secure and up to date as possible - install a virus checker and regularly accept genuine system updates
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MSN are for 13 year olds and above. If your child is under 13 and has an account, it means they've had to falsify their date of birth
You can check the sites they access by going into your internet browser history
If you have any serious doubts or worries about your child's activities, contact your local police who can advise you on the next steps.
We would recommend students and parents checking out these two sites where you can find some valuable resources to help keep you safe on the internet.
Parents Basics To help keep your child safe online;
The following is a list of available online resources to help parents keep their children to stay safe online. Please feel free to browse, read and download the material.
Parent Guides for Keeping Children Safe Online
Parent Guides for Individual Apps and Games
And Finally.... One for the Students
All of the above parent and student resources were taken from the National Online Safety website.