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For more information please visit www.iab.ie or view their information booklet 'Get With It!' by clicking here.

The following internet safety tips are from www.iab.ie.

 

Minding yourself on the internet (for Children)
The Internet is a fun place but like crossing a busy road, you have to take care! Have a look at some of the tips below:

Tell

  • Tell your parents if you come across anything on the Internet which makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Always tell your parents if someone wants to meet you outside your home.

 

Leave

  • Leave a chat room if you feel uncomfortable about what's being said and talk to your parents about it.
  • Its easy for people on the Internet to lie about who they really are and its hard sometimes to be sure about who you're really talking to.

 

Check

  • Check with your parents about any rules they might have about when you can use the Internet, opening e-mails, using chat rooms, etc.

 

Stop

  • Stop if you are asked to give any kind of personal details over the Internet (e-mail address, photos of yourself, etc.) - get permission first.

 

Minding your child on the internet (for Parents)

The Internet can be a wonderful source of knowledge and entertainment for children. But its services (websites, e-mail, newsgroups, chatrooms etc.) can also be harmful to your child. Some core safety tips are set out below:

Talk

  • Talk about potential dangers and your concerns
  • Get them to talk to you about what they do on the Internet
  • Encourage them to talk about anything "uncomfortable" they find

 

Look

  • Keep the computer where you can see it in a busy part of the house
  • Spend time on-line and see what they are doing
  • Look and take note if too much time is being spent on-line

 

Check

  • Check history files for suitability of sites and chat rooms
  • Check e-mails (especially for younger children)
  • Check phone bills

 

Set Rules

  • When the Internet can be accessed and for how long
  • Never give personal information without permission
  • Never agree to meet an on-line friend without permission

 

EU Law - Car Safety for Children

A new EU law has come into force in Ireland relating to the safety of children travelling in cars.

The law stipulates that safety belts must be worn and that children must be restrained in the appropriate car seat, according to their height and weight.

In brief, children under the height of 1.5m/150cms (4’11’’) and who weigh less than 36kg (5 stone, 9 pounds) must be restrained in a car seat.  This relates to most children under the age of 12 years old.

For primary school children, the most appropriate car seats are booster seats or booster cushions.

Booster seats are designed for children who weigh between 15 and 25 kgs (33-55lbs).  This is most children between the ages of 4 and 6 years old.

Booster cushions are designed for children who weigh between 22 and 36 kgs (48-79lbs).  This is most children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.

For further information, click on the link below, which will take you to the Road Safety Authority’s website – www.rsa.ie/childsafetyincars