Here you'll find a few links to some websites that provide tips for parents to help promote Internet Safety among children. They provide some interesting advice to help keep your children safe online.
Feel free to click on the links below to find out more.
St. Canice's BNS, Finglas
The following links link into the webwise.ie website. It is an invaluable resource for both teachers and parents to help promote online safety for children.
Cyber-bullying is a form of bullying which is carried out through an internet service such as email, a chat room, a discussion group, online social networking, instant messaging or web pages. It can also include bullying through mobile phone technologies such as texting.
Cyber-bullying can happen to anyone and the bully can act anonymously if they want. People can also be bullied online by groups of people such as class groups or collective members of an online community.
It's really important that children learn how to protect themselves online and learn how to respond if they are being cyber-bullied.
If your child is being cyber-bullied it is possible that they are feeling powerless and isolated.
All of the information and support regarding bullying applies to cyber-bullying.
However there are other options which can help in cases of cyber-bullying that are specific to bullying using technological mediums.
Things you/your child can do:
• Keep a record (including time and date) - this may help in finding out who is sending the messages.
• Don't reply - the situation may get worse if your child replies to any bullying messages. By replying the bully gets what he or she wants…a reaction. Often, if your child doesn't reply the bully will leave them alone.
• Tell someone - ensure your child knows that they should talk to someone they trust, a parent, friend, or teacher.
• Contact your child’s mobile phone or internet service provider and report what is happening - they can help you block messages or calls from certain senders.
• Seek support if messages are threatening or serious - if the cyber-bullying becomes threatening seek support from services in your area for example the Gardái.
• Change your child’s contact details - get a new user name for the internet, a new email account, a new mobile phone number and ensure your child only gives them out to their closest friends.
• Keep your username and passwords private - ensure your child keeps his/her personal information private so it becomes less likely that someone will misuse it.