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 has fared well despite the growth of social networking and other messaging services with more than 200 million emails sent every minute.

But you probably acknowledge that there are also some annoyances when it comes to email – perhaps you’ve been spammed, picked up a virus or been the target of an identity thief.

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

Learn about managing reputation and sexting so that you can talk to your son or daughter about how they should use email responsibly

Explain to your child that companies might contact them via email – you can find more information in our articles about online advertising and spam & scams

Where can I go for more information and support? 

  • Visit the Chatdanger website for email safety advice