Online crime is rising and getting more sophisticated. Thankfully, there are some great websites that will help you and your family use the internet safely and securely.
- ThinkUknow - Information for children, teens, parents and teachers.
- Kidsmart - Aimed at teaching children the basics about surfing the web safely.
- DirectGov - advice for parents.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - tackles exploitation of children.
- Internet Watch Foundation - report criminal online content
- Fraudwatch International - information about identity theft, phishing and other types of online scams.
- Digital Thieves - a 28-page PDF report by CIFAS on online fraud. Contains tips on staying safe from online fraud, case studies and statistics.
Guidance for Parents
- Locate the computer in a central, communal area of the house. Put it in the family room or the lounge - not in a child's bedroom.
- Establish specific times when access to the Internet is permitted and keep to that schedule.
- If your child uses a computer at school, call and see if his or her school has adopted an 'acceptable use policy' for the Internet. Ask for a copy of this 'AUP' and use it to establish your own guidelines at home.
- Limit the length of access time. This will encourage your child to go directly to the information required, rather than wander aimlessly around the Internet.
- Explain to your children that many sites on the Internet are not appropriate for children and they are expected to stay away from them.
- Advise your child never use their real name when using chatrooms or reveal any personal information.
- Consider installing software to monitor access to the Internet.