Internet safety videos

Setting up parental controls on your internet

The internet is a fantastic place for children, young people and families. There is lots of help with homework and places to chat with friends and family.

The internet has become an every day method for children and adults to contact family and to make new friends.

But there are well reported risks, dangers and safety issues for children and young people in particular, so it’s very important that foster carers know how to keep their children internet safer.

To help foster carers to reduce risk, we have linked to the main internet provider’s safety videos which provide easy to understand steps to set up parental controls on your computers.

Internet security and Social Networking

Foster carers

Foster carer’s need to become internet savvy and aware of your fostering agency’s policies and procedures regarding foster children’s use of the internet and social networking. Can you for example become a ‘friend’ of your foster child on Facebook as many foster carers do, or is this seen by some agencies as an inappropriate tactic to use?

Many agencies are currently reviewing their policies regarding ‘Letterbox contact’ where children have been adopted and are only allowing birth families to view photographs of their children in their offices.

Be open with your fostered child and explain the risks associated with internet usage. Ask your fostered children to set their privacy settings at the highest level, so that only their friends can view their profiles.

An audit by OFCOM in 2009 revealed 31% of 12-15 year olds had public profiles which could be viewed by anyone.

When using Facebook there are also implications for friends and family ‘tagging’ you or your foster child in photos which are uploaded. Issues with regards to posting photos on the internet are ever growing as facial recognition technology advances.

Some people ask ‘friends’ not to use the child’s name or post photos of the child at all, as they can be viewed by other people who are tagged and you have no control over their privacy settings!

There are many organisations that can help children stay safe online such as The Child Exploitation and Online Protection center;  and Childnet  are two very good places to start.