BT are working alongside
Unicef to help promote child safety
online, they are doing this with a series of The Right Click workshops over the
next three years so everyone (teachers, parents and of course the children
themselves) can have a better understanding of the risks children face
Children are naturally
curious about the Internet, they like having access to lots of different
information that can help with their schoolwork and just answer many of the
burning questions they always seem to have – children have a thirst for
knowledge and its lovely seeing them eager to learn BUT unmonitored the
Internet can be a dangerous space.
Hopefully with more
guidance they can understand how to use the Internet appropriately. I really worry about unsuitable content,
cyber-bullying and strangers trying to befriend my children.
The video below is very
enlightening explaining more about what the campaign hopes to achieve. I have already drummed it into my boys not
to share where they live with anyone or their age. Although I don’t know how much they really take in of what I am
saying, sometimes parents just become background noise to their children!!! So a workshop would probably be the best way
to get the message across to my two.
I do not really let my children
go online unless they are sat by me, I don’t give them freedom to watch YouTube
unsupervised like many of their friends do as there is a lot of swearing and
innuendo’s. But as they get older I
want them to have a bit more freedom to go online but before doing that I want
to increase their awareness of the dangers it poses, the workshops are a great
way to start talking about being online.
We also have parental controls in
place on our computers and now my son’s mobile phone. If your unfamiliar with technology it can be quite daunting
putting everything in place to help safeguard your child, so if a workshop
comes to your area please do try and attend.
The more you know the better protected your child will be. If your children are starting to use
facebook make sure you adjust the privacy settings to stop anyone but accepted
friends seeing any of their content. It’s
incredible how many adults (never mind children) have their facebook page
completely open for everyone to see!
Starting to talk to your child is really the best way;
you want them to feel comfortable talking to you about what they see
online. If there are any issues you
want to know they will raise them with you straight away. So get the conversation flowing, find out
what sites they like to visit and go from there.