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Safety Online


  • Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to.  Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends – personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
  • If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them.
  • It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain – it could be a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online.
    They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
  • Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.

Further information is available at:

The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet


Email warnings, scams and  hoaxes – “Rumour Has It” – internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. – about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails.

Worried about viruses?
Keep your anti-virus software up to date.  AVG is a good, free, programme (for Windows and Android phones & tablets) which updates automatically (
Before you panic, check it’s not a hoax.
If you are phoned up and told ‘there is a virus on your computer’, they are only trying to get you to visit their web site and, ultimately, buy their software (refer back to first point about free software).