The Anti-bullying alliance have published a guide for parents – “Lets Talk about online relationships”. The guide gives practical tips about helping children stay safe when using the internet to communicate with others. Some of the tips include:
- Talk to your child about what it is to be a friend – explain the value of true friendship – such as trust, respect and kindness.
- Don’t be afraid of technology….let your child be in control by showing you the sorts of sites they like to visit to make friends, or to link up with friends and peers. Ask them to show you how you set the privacy settings or how you would block someone that is upsetting you.
- Talk to your child about bullying behaviour online and why it’s wrong. Explain that this includes passing on hurtful comments, photos or videos that someone else has sent to you. Ask ‘would you say that or show that to someone in the same room as you…’ and ‘if not why not’.
To see the full guide click here.
For further information on how, as a parent, you can learn about e-Safety and help to keep your child safe online follow this link to our e-Safety for Parents course.