These following twelve tips for safe Internet use present the two main points that I feel are cause for real concern for parents of children who have 1:1 netbooks, namely:
How do you stop a child who has their own laptop with music, photos and homework etc from NOT taking it into their bedroom? Particularly when it is not a communal computer for general use but a personal one?
How do you monitor amount of use when your child has been using it at school?
I was expecting to fight this battle with a 13yo not an 8yo.
From the site:
1 Spend some time with your child enjoying the exciting things on the Internet and discuss the ways they can use the internet for education and fun.
2 Information on the Internet comes from many sources. Not all is reliable. Encourage a careful approach to 'information' found on the Internet.
3. Be aware of what your children are doing on-line. Have the computer in a public area in the home, not in a bedroom or children's playroom.
4. Too much time sitting at a computer can be unhealthy. Extensive use can result in repetitive stress injuries, eyestrain, obesity, and social isolation. Set a limit (an hour at most) and encourage your child to get out and explore the real world too.
5. Encourage children to tell you about anything that worries them and have family talks about the dangers of the Internet.
6. The Internet is fun, but full of strangers. Children should never give out personal information such as names and addresses.
7. Many Internet sites have questionnaires and competitions. Ask your children to talk to you before filling in any forms.
8. The Internet is a great place to make friends. However, not every one is who they seem to be. Children and young people should check with their parents before arranging any face to face meetings, and ensure that such meetings are in a public place, with an adult present.
9. Encourage children to send e-mail only to friends, so they will have no need to correspond with strangers.
10. Some information on chat lines is not appropriate for children. Teach them to say 'No' to messages, or to leave a site that makes them feel uncomfortable.
11. If your child brings something inappropriate to your attention, tell them you are pleased they did and discuss it calmly.
12. Encourage your child's school to develop a CyberSafety policy too.