The internet is an ever present part of children's lives today.
Our e-Safer Suffolk Cybersurvey found that out of 2988 children and young people in Suffolk:
- 83% own a smartphone
- 80% own a tablet
That's why it's important that children learn about internet safety (e-safety) and how to protect themselves online.
Support for children
Everyone who works in education and young people's services have a responsibility to keep children safe, including when they go online.
Staff and volunteers have been trained to make sure they can offer help to children having problems online.
As a parent, there are a number of things you can do to help. You don't need to understand the technology, you just need to help your child understand the risks.
What can I do as a parent?
Start young - talk to your child as early as possible. Our research shows children in primary school are already experiencing cyberbullying or involved in inappropriate online gaming.
Talk about it - make sure your child knows they can talk to you about anything they see on the internet, or if contact with someone online makes them feel uncomfortable.
Report it! - use the report abuse buttons on social networks to report cyberbullying or inappropriate material/images. Make sure your child knows how to use them too.
Attend an e-safety session at your child’s school, if that’s available – get involved with the e-safety education that they offer.
Use parental controls - these let you block certain sites or content so your child can't access it. Look out for gadgets with child-friendly software or ‘kids-mode’ apps and contact your internet provider to find out how they can help.
e-Safer Suffolk offers local advice and information for professionals and parents and carers.
Internet matters has tips and advice on children's internet safety (supported by the four major internet service providers in the UK;BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media).
The Source gives advice and practical e-safety help for young people in Suffolk.
Call ChildLine on 0800 1111 for free help for children and young people in trouble or being bullied.