Our children may know their way around the internet, social networking and apps better than we do, but they’re more vulnerable than we are, not having the judgement or maturity to cope with unexpected or threatening situations.
The internet is relatively unpoliced, making it vital to safeguard your children against issues like:
- inappropriate contact which may lead to abuse or grooming
- adult or malicious content
- the temptation to share private information or images
- online bullying (trolling)
Our advice on bringing children up in the digital age falls into three categories:
- work with your children as they grow and develop and guide them in the right direction, understand what they are doing and be on hand to answer any concerns
- have technical measures in place such as parental control software and network and device-level filters
- keep up-to-date on the latest developments in apps, social networking and gaming by reading up on them and speaking to your children and other parents
Letter to parents on how to keep your child safe online
Finding advice, help and information
The best thing you can do is look for information and advice from reputable resources. Try to find information appropriate to your child's age.
You can find more in-depth information and guidance on keeping your children safe on the internet on the
Get Safe Online website.
Online safety on NSPCC site
E-Safety and E-Learning Resource Centre website (information for Jersey schools and parents)
E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through Digital Media - Safeguarding partnership board website