The Internet can be a useful tool for communicating, downloading information, researching, shopping, teaching and generally having fun playing internet games and activities. For most people the internet has become the first port of call for information and a vital part of their everyday life; and for children in particular an excellent tool for homework and chatting to friends.
There is an increase use of the internet along with the anonymity of internet users, internet safety has become paramount and all internet users need to be aware of the key issues. As with many activities in life, so long as you follow certain guidelines and are aware of the dangers, you should still be able to enjoy safe surfing. Many organisations have set up comprehensive websites which provides guides and rules on internet safety
Gwent safeguarding https://www.gwentsafeguarding.org.uk
Internet watch foundation. http://www.internetwatch.org.uk/ The only organisation in the UK that provides an internethotline for the public to report websites with potentially illegal content, it also features useful tips on internet safety, filters and links to other helpful organisations.
Be safe online http://www.besafeonline.org/ provides information and guidance to parents and teachers regarding the potential problems of life on the internet and how to behave. The website contains a list of golden safety rules, guidance on how to stay safe using email, setting up personal websites and surfing the internet.
ThinkuKnow.co.uk http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ This website provides advice and guidance for parents and schools on new technologies and safe use of the internet for children. Information on this website has been provided by Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), the UK’s National law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling child abuse. An excellent website for schools and parents as there are plenty of downloadable free resources and presentations on internet safety. Caters for children as young as five.
Childnet International http://www.childnet-int.org/Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with other organisations around the world to ensure the internet is a safe place for children. The website contains lots of information and resources for parents, teachers and children. Guide for Parents and Teachers.