Keeping Your Child Safe Online
The internet for many parents can be a daunting place but to our children it is a necessity of life. Access to the internet has never been so vast and continues to spread with the increasing popularity of tablets devices and access through mobile phones. To support you in protecting your child on line there are some useful links below to sites with tips and guidance:
TikTok – Age 13+
Get clued up on the short video app that has over a billion users.
WhatsApp – Age 16+
WhatsApp is great for free phone calls, video calls and messages, but do you know the dangers of it?
Snapchat – Age 13+
What do you know about the app that many people use for communicating or a quick bit of silly fun?
Instagram – Age 13+
What is Instagram?
Digital Parenting Magazine
As well as lots of weekly advice from Mr. Knight, Every year, we send home a free copy of the Digital Parenting Magazine. It is a wonderful resource full of useful information and top tips, covering a huge range of online safety topics.
CEOP (Child On-Line Protection) Parents Area
This site offers advice and guidance for all types of online behaviours be it on line gaming, social networking, sharing and much more. Your children will be familiar with the child version of this site as it used in school you could perhaps ask them to help you with navigating through it.
A Parents’ Guide to Facebook
Would you know whether your son/ daughters profile is set to public or private? Would you know how to check? Do you know what POS stands for when children are online chatting (Parent Over Shoulder)? Do you know what Phishing is? Facebook is very popular amongst young people (and many adults) this guide is produced annually to keep parents up to date with tips for keeping their children safe when using Facebook and informing them of the latest trends for Facebook usage.
Cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent amongst children and young people when they are online, particularly as the popularity of online gaming continues to increase. To help parents deal with any incidents of cyberbullying or if you think your child maybe a victim of online bullying there is advice and guidance for you as a parent and how to deal with such scenarios.
Worried about LGBTQ+?
Other links you might find useful:
Think U Know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
KidSMART – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
BBC Stay Safe – Test your Internet safety knowledge with Hacker and help the Horrible Histories gang stay safe online.
Net Smartz Kids – Click on the link to visit the Net Smartz Kids website for lots of e-safety activities.
Childnet International – website to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.