Online Safety Advice and Links for Parents
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
As a parent, you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we’ve suggested a few internet sites below which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download here.
Privacy settings are an important part of keeping our young children safe and you can find out more information about them here.
There are many websites available which offer advice to parents/carers which will aid you to keep your children safe online, some useful links are listed below:
Click on the following links to find some useful parental guides to the following social media:
Jessie and Friends
To see the latest information for parents on how to keep their 4-7 years olds safe on line, please click here.
If you would like to know more information on how to keep your child safe when they are using a smartphone, click here.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command. Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
NSPCC Everything we do protects children today, prevents abuse tomorrow and works to transform society to make child abuse a thing of the past. And it’s all only possible because of people like you. Last year we were able to reach more children than ever before to keep them safer, and this is because of you and others who have joined our fight for every childhood. Together we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives. Together we protect children at risk. And, together, we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.
The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. We work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a weekly basis, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice.
The Internet Watch Foundation is an organisation working with the internet industry, police and Government. The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way.
Child Safety Online: DFE Guidance on Child Safety Online – A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media. Concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online? Contact CEOP: www.ceop.police.uk. If you stumble across criminal sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk
URGENT Online Safety Help
If somebody in your school, a pupil, or yourself have experienced something online that is upsetting or worrying that you wish to report, here are some places you can go to get help.
If your issue is a matter of urgency and you are in danger, call 999 immediately and ask for the police.
Useful contact numbers:
- Concerned about a child – call 03000 411111 (text relay 18001 03000 411111) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Child line: 0800 1111
- NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
For Safeguarding Concerns, please contact:
Miss Hewett Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer
Mr Mallinson Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
A copy of the school’s e-safety policy can be accessed below: