Advice for Parents

Perhaps the biggest irony of the digital age is that many parents will rely on their children's knowledge of technology. Children are more likely to be comfortable with the terminology and functionality, and keener to explore.

Here are some helpful tips for parents when it comes to ensuring their child's safety online:

- Keep your PC in an open space
- Discuss the programmes your children use
- Keep communication open with regards to who they are chatting to online
- Discuss their list of contacts and check they know all those they have accepted as friends
- Consider using the same technology so you can understand how it works
- Talk to your children about keeping their information and photos private
- Utilise Parental Controls where available

There are also additional resources available online, including;

- Child exploitation and online protection site with information for parents

- Website for Childnet charity who are dedicated to making the internet a safer place for children

- Internet Watch Foundation site where you can report illegal content on the internet

- Get Safe Online advises businesses and consumers on how to combat cybercrime and be secure online

You may also find the following sites useful in supporting your child's education:

- From homework help to Special Educational Needs - find out how to help your child at school

- Don't suffer in silence

- Information about education in Scotland and ideas to help parents support their childrens learning

- ParentLine Scotland is the free helpline and email service for anyone caring for a child to call about any    problem big or small

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