The following sites offer general advice on how to stay safe online.
Talk to your child about what they’re up to online.
Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
If you don't already have anti virus and firewall software installed these companys offer software free for personal use:
Parental control software:
- OpenDNS Parental Control Solutions - Microsoft Family Safety - K9 Web Protection - Norton Online Family
- Which guide to Parental control software
This software is not the answer to your child’s online safety, but offers a good start, and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Also many Internet Service Providers offer free software and tools as part of your package, find out what they offer and how to set them up.
St James the Great does not endorse any individual software package and we recognise that there are many alternatives to the ones listed here. We offer this page only as a starting point for your own research to find the best solution for you and your family.