Online Safety: Top 3 Tips

Our top three tips for keeping your child safe online.

Blocking & Reporting

Every internet site should have a block and report feature on their site. These functions are designed to be support mechanisms for anyone who uses the internet. 

Familiarise yourself with how to block and report by going online; these features can be found in the security settings, Our National Youth Board members give you top tips on the features Facebook have to keep you safe here.

Content Filters

Content filtering is the use of a programme to screen and exclude access to certain web pages that the user finds unsuitable. This works by identifying and specifying character strings that, if matched, indicate unsuitable content that is then screened out. Common forms on content that are screened are: pornography, hate-orientated messages and extreme violence. 

There are many providers of content filtering and they are more commonly used by parents and corporations.   Simple searches on internet explorer or safari will provide you with lists of how to action this on your home computers or wireless devices.

Share good practice on how to use the internet safely

The internet and social media are constantly evolving with new websites and apps for smartphones being launched daily. As new sites and apps develop, so does the number of young people using them. Talk openly with your children about what is available to them, what they use and why there are restrictions that you may impose on them at certain ages. This may also be a good time to explain why these restrictions are being imposed in terms of protecting them and the potential harm that cyber-bullying can have on young people. 

Social networking sites such as Facebook have security settings that can be adapted for the user’s requirements. You can control who can see your profile, what information you share publicly and place parental restrictions/monitoring.  

A full list of practical tips and ideas of how to stay safe online for Parents is included in our Anti-Bullying Handbook for Parents/Guardians which can be purchased here.