We understand that it can seem like a daunting task to keep your child safe online, especially as access to the internet and online content is easier and faster than ever before, but we hope that the information below will help you as parents/carers to keep your children safe online.
Encourage your child to think carefully about the way they, and others behave online, and how they might deal with difficult situations.
- People may not always be who they say they are online: how can this create problems?
- Why is it unwise to meet anyone in the real world that you’ve only ever met online?
- Even if you think your messages are private, remember that words and images can always be captured and broadcast.
- People present themselves differently online - do they really look like that? Are they always having that good a time?
- Be aware that screens, and especially being anonymous, can lead people to say things they wouldn’t say to someone’s face.
- What does being a good friend and a likeable person online look like?
- There can be pressure to be part of a particular group online or to be seen to be following a certain set of ideas
- How can you take a step back and make your own decisions?
What can parents do?
'Be Internet Legends'
'Be Internet Legends' is an online initiative which helps children learn to be safe and confident explorers of the online world. Follow the link below and explore 'Interland' with your child:
It is very important that even once your child has become an 'Internet Legend' that the content they are accessing is monitored, appropriate and safe.
Possibly harmful apps to watch out for!
We will update this list as and when we are made aware of them. The below is a list of apps that your child may be accessing, but did you know that these apps allow them to chat to and in some cases video call strangers without restriction. Sometimes these apps look friendly and entice children in on the basis of making friends, but the age restrictions are either bypassed easily or don't exist:
Most streaming services such as Netflixs, Disney +, Prime Video and Now TV all have inbuilt parental controls which allow parents/carers to restict content to age appropriate limits.
Google, Apple and Microsoft all have family link applications which allow parents/carers to view activity reports, set screen limits and age controls and can all be installed for free.
For further information on how you can use parental controls please see the attached parental controls booklet.
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
National Online Safety (NOS)
NOS has produced a series of easy to follow online guides which cover most apps and social media sites and how they can, should and shouldn't be used and whether they are age appropriate for your child. They also have some online safety videos that you can watch with your children at home. Just click the link below:
Below you will find a whole host of useful documents containing links and content from a wide range of agencies and charities with online advice, videos and downloadable tool kits to help keep you and your children safe online.