It is vital that, in a world where children are now accessing new technologies and using the internet at an early age, that they are taught about keeping themselves safe online. Just as you would teach your child the Green Cross Code or fire safety you need to give them the skills to use the internet safely. Below are some resources to help you achieve this. Smartie the Penguin and Digiduck are on-line books. Hector's World is a series of six cartoons. You might also find the other pages on these websites interesting. The video 'Jigsaw' is a resource for you to watch and share with your older children.
At Parklands we encourage our children to use the computer in creative ways. Why not download some of these to encourage your child to be a creator with technology rather than a consumer of it.
Have you considered putting controls on the equipment your child uses or downloading a child friendly browser?
"Many parents subscribe to the "cross your fingers and hope for the best" philosophy of managing their kids' online access. But even if you've had the conversations around screen-time limits, responsible online behaviour, and safety precautions, it's still really tough to manage what kids do when you're not there (and even when you are). Parental controls -- the real, technical kind -- can support you in your efforts to keep your kids' Internet experiences safe, fun, and productive. They work best when used openly and honestly in partnership with your kids."
Caroline Knorr - Common Sense Media.