What do I need to know about email?
No doubt you use email, either at home or at work, so we won’t go into the details of the technology itself.
Suffice to say, you’ll understand what a useful communications tool email is – it’s fared well despite the growth of social networking and, in 2010, it still accounted for seven per cent of the overall time spent online in the UK
These potential online safety risks, along with others such as cyberbullying, can make younger email users vulnerable.
What can I do about email?
Set up Parental Controls based on your child’s age and maturity (if you have younger children, you might decide that they can only email people your family knows, for example). But remember, Parental Controls might not be 100% effective and they aren’t a substitute for parental supervision
Make sure your son or daughter has a strong password (containing a mixture of letters, digits and symbols) set up on their email account and that they don’t share it with anyone
Explain to them why it’s important to keep personal information, such as their name, address and school, to themselves
Encourage your child to only give their email address to people they know and trust and to never respond to emails from strangers