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Online safety tips for parents/carers

Justwordsnws.com has developed stringent policies to protect our users and to put their parents’ minds at rest. Please take a few moments to read the following statements and to look at our policies (see Privacy Policy and Terms of Use) so that you can be assured of our commitment to the protection of your children’s safety and identity.

To protect users in any way possible, justwordsnws.com is post-moderated – this means that all messages and media will be checked after they have been posted, but please follow these tips to make sure you stay safe:

Know what your child is doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you how to use any applications you have never used, and ask them to show you the sites they enjoy visiting.

Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to people they meet online – personal information includes their full name, address, messenger id, email address, phone number and any pictures of themselves, family or friends – if your child publishes a picture or video online – anyone may be able to change it or share it.

If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe the content, open or reply to them.

Explain to your child that it is not a good idea for them 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 that therefore it’s better to keep online friends online. They should never meet up with any strangers unless you or another adult that you and they trust can be with them.

Encourage your child to tell you, a friend, teacher or another trusted adult if they receive unwanted attention online or if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Always keep communication open for your child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.

Teach your children how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.

If you feel your child may have been inappropriately contacted or sent inappropriate content through our site, any other internet site or via email or text message you should contact the site provider. You can read about how to report illegal online activities through the following websites:

www.ceop.gov.uk/reporting_abuse.html
www.iwf.org.uk

For advice on web safety, please check out the following websites:
www.chatdanger.com
www.websafecrackerz.com
www.thinkuknow.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/chatguide/
www.nspcc.org.uk
www.nch.org.uk
www.blogsafety.com
www.getnetwise.org
www.internetsafetyzone.co.uk

 

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