Why is it important to stay safe online?
The Music Federation considers the safety of children online to be of paramount importance. Use this page as a reference for where you can find help and for directions on how you can do your best to protect children from the dangers of the online world.
Most of us are ‘connected’ via our laptops, mobile phones, tablets or personal computer. The potential for the internet to be a valuable and a fun resource for entertainment, making friends, keeping in touch and learning is huge. But if you use the internet, you could be at risk of illegal activity or abuse - be it bullying, fraud or something more serious. Unlike seeing someone face to face, on the net, people aren't always what they first seem.
In the same way you learn about safety when you leave the house, it is important to learn how to stay safe online. These are skills that will stay with you for life.
Social networking Social networking websites and apps, such as Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, Viber, Tumblr, SnapChat, Ask.fm and Twitter have become incredibly popular in recent years. Most users are genuine, but because it is so easy to hide your real identity, it is possible to come into contact with people you would normally avoid.
How can you help? Although we make online safety a priority in school, conversations at home between parents, carers and children are essential. Careful monitoring of your child's online activity is highly recommended and we encourage you to consider the information available on this page on a regular basis. Talk to your child about their Internet use and take an interest. Your involvement is the best way of keeping them safe. Pass on safety advice. Be Positive! The Internet is a fantastic resource learning, entertainment and communication. Just like in the real world you need to take a few precautions.
Let your child know they can come to you if something they don't like happens online.
Try not to overreact! This could make them be secretive about their use of the Internet and close down communication between you.
Remember that all the safety advice here also applies to going online with a mobile phone.
If you decide to use a filter or monitor information from the Internet, talk this over with your child. Any rules you agree will be more effective.