Internet Matters.Org is an ideal place for Parents and Carers to start when wanting to understand how to support your child to use the internet safely. The slideshow below has been taken from their site as a guide - but please do take time to look at the wealth of information available.
Another excellent site is CEOP's THINKUKNOW website - home of the Report Abuse Button. Of course it's also available at the bottom of our pages as well - so again show your children where it is and how to use it.
Using the ACRONYM S.M.A.R.T is another excellent learning tool - taken from the Kidsmart website - A great site for the kids too with info and games to help.
S = SAFE: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
M = MEETING: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
A = ACCEPTING: Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
R = RELIABLE: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’
T = TELL: Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.