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Children's personal safety online

Parental advice for children using the internet

It's important your child realises that people online might not be who they say they are and could be dangerous.

They should also be aware that any personal information they give out can be used in financial scams or for bullying.

To keep your child safe you should tell them not to:

  • give out personal information to people they only know online - this includes name, home address, landline and mobile numbers, bank details, PINs and passwords
  • supply details for registration without asking for permission and help from you
  • visit chat websites that aren't fully moderated or supervised
  • arrange to meet an online friend in person without your knowledge and permission (if you agree to let them, you should always go along with them)
  • give any indication of their age or sex in a personal email address or screen name
  • keep anything that worries or upsets them online secret from you
  • respond to unwanted emails or other messages

You can monitor your child's internet use by checking the history folder on your browser as it contains a list of previously visited sites.

If there is a problem

The rules you put in place will mean your child is always able to use the internet safely.

You should also:

  • inform your internet service provider (ISP) if your child comes across inappropriate content or is subjected to any inappropriate contact while online
  • install and regularly update filtering software to protect against inappropriate internet access
  • If you are worried about illegal materials or suspicious online behaviour, contact the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).