We are excited to announce that we are now working with National Online Safety. We would like to extend this fantastic resource to parents, where you will find a wealth of resources to help to keep you up to date with the ever-changing online world. With easy access parent guides, and regular explainer videos, it has everything you need to keep you in the loop. Click here for instructions on your FREE sign up!
Children are growing up in a world with a bigger range of online activities than ever before and it is sometimes very hard for both children and adults to know how to stay safe.
Parents/Online Safety Information
Most parents will want to reduce the risks to their children, and remembering to set parental controls can reduce the risks to children, and reduce the risk to parents when children accidentally spend online money! The internet matters website explains this quite well. Online safety is not just about protecting children from some of the dangers of the internet – it is also about helping them manage their use of technology and most of the parental controls allow adults to set a maximum time for the use of a device or app.
Internet Matters is a site paid for by many British companies. It has a lot of good advice on adding parental controls as well as on most aspects of online safety. Parental controls will only help keep children safe. The best safety feature that a child has is their parent or carer. Take the time to talk to your child about the apps and games they are using and don’t be afraid to say no sometimes!
The range of online apps changes on a regular basis and the NSPCC have a site called Net Aware. This provides unbiased up-to-date information on current apps and sites along with advice to parents about dealing with issues.
The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to provide advice to parents and have a free helpline on 0808 800 5002. They will also give support in any O2 shop – you do not have to be an O2 customer.
ThinkUKnow is the website aimed at children and their parents from the National Crime Agency. It has lots of useful suggestions and advice on how to report issues. It also has lots of games and activities including Jessie and Friends for the younger children and Band Runner for the older ones.
For the youngest children being tricked into sharing pictures can be an issue. LGfL have produced a lovely free video which has some great advice and a very catchy song!
Many children will at times suffer from online bullying. It is really important that they have someone they can talk to and know that it is not acceptable. Most apps and sites will have systems inn place that allow bullying to be reported. Your child’s school may be able to help.
Children can call Childline on 0800 1111 for advice on anything that is worrying them.
Finally since 2015 is has been a criminal offence for an adult to send a message with sexual content to a child (This is Section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015). If you are concerned that this might have happened please contact The Police without further using the device. This will help ensure that evidence can be preserved. The Police can be contacted by phone or from the ThinkUKnow website.
You can view our Online Safety policies on our Policies page.
Additional Parent Guides
With so many new apps, websites and technologies being developed, it can be difficult to stay up to date. Common Sense Media is an excellent resource to keep you in the know. They provide trusted ratings on movies, books, apps and games. They also create up to date parents’ guides to the latest games and trends.
Here are some of our favourite guides:
Google Internet Legends
The Be Internet Legends programme is designed to teach your child the skills they need to stay safe and have a positive time online. Your involvement at home can really help reinforce these key messages to help your child become more confident when exploring the online world.
S stands for SAFE reminds young people to keep all personal information to themselves,
M reminds children to never agree to meet up with someone their talking to online in the offline world.
A is for Accepting and it challenges young people to think before they accept files and friend requests from strangers, this is never a good idea as the file could contain viruses or something upsetting.
R for reliable emphasises to children that not everything online is true and finally
T for tell focusses on telling an adult if anything upsets them online eg. cyberbullying.