Cyber bullying & online safety
Stories about cyber bullying, online safety, or more
specifically online danger, are hard to avoid.
The internet and new communications technology, like all
environments and media, can be used and abused. Thankfully the
positive aspects far outweigh the negative.
Simple steps for online safety
However you can take a few simple steps to help make your
childs' online experience as safe as possible and protect them from
- Encourage them to tell you if they come across any sites that
could cause offence or pose some kind of danger.
- If you do catch them on a site that you think is unsuitable,
don't assume that they made the choice to go there. It's not that
hard for a determined webmaster to disguise a website to catch
- If you feel unsure about the technology, why not try an IT or
internet evening course somewhere? Have a look at LearnDirect
or the online BBC Webwise site.
- There are a number of useful guidelines available from our Resources
- Look in the help menu of your browser for security options -
you can, to a certain extent, restrict what sites and downloads
your children can access.
Rather than go into great detail here, there are a number of
useful sites and resources that will give you more specific and
Cyber bullying publications
You can also report incidents of abusive emails and
inappropriate sites to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Each
ISP should have an Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP), outlining their
responsibilities to customers, as well as terms and conditions for
people holding accounts with them.
Kidscape has a page for children and young people
outlining some of the points made above, together with a link for
advice on reporting mobile phone or text/video messaging