Our Safeguarding Team at our Trust have pulled together some very valuable links and information to services and resources to better protect children online. The information below is broken down into age groups as well as information for parents/carers and staff.
There is a wealth of information below and the page will be regularly reviewed and updated to bring you the latest advice to protect children online, while playing games and when using their phones.
Parents and Carers
Below you can find links to useful websites, documents and videos:
Are you looking to purchase your child their first device?
As a parent/carer, it is important to remember that all children need to be taught how to be tech-safe. Here you can find a document detailing 5 steps you can take to help your childs first device safer for them.
TALK to your child about Online Child Sexual Abuse
As well as schools having a good understanding of cyber security, it is really important for parents and children too. Internet Matters have put together a really good, simple article so that parents can learn more about cyber security. Click here to access the article.
Childnet’s new resource, Family Agreement, is a great way to start positive conversations around online safety and to agree clear expectations and boundaries as a family.
Although most social media platforms are officially 13+, most children sign up to at least one when they’re much younger. It’s better that you encourage them to be open with you, rather than thinking they need to keep it a secret from you.
Remind your child that every social media platform has privacy settings and show them how to use them.
Talk to your child about the sort of information they want to keep private.
Make sure your child understands how to report or block things that aren’t appropriate.
Help your child to understand that they shouldn’t feel the need to be available all the time on social media. It’s okay to take a break, and you don’t need to take part in every conversation.
How to set up gaming consoles to prevent impulse purchases -
You will all be too aware that it is too easy for children and young people to purchase virtual items in games and apps. Here is a quick article detailing how to set up parental controls on popular devices, such as the PS4, Xbox One and Iphone.
Sony Playstation and Internet Matters have teamed up to create a brilliant interactive quiz for children and parents to learn, together, how to make the most of Playstation settings to ensure safer gaming.
Internet Matters have created an incredible set of resources for foster carers. They’re all free and go into a very wide range of issues along with useful advice and guidance including videos in 4 modules: Understanding, Empowering, Nurturing and Flourishing. Resources can be found here.
Below are some useful links to guides and documents to help with implementing Online Safety –
For teenagers, these risks include coming across material that they might find upsetting, disgusting or otherwise uncomfortable, especially if they encounter it accidentally. This material might include:
pornography or sexually explicit content in music videos, movies or online games
real or simulated violence
fake news that seems believable
harmful user-generated content like sites about drug use, self-harm, suicide or negative body image
These risks include coming into contact with adults posing as children online, strangers who persuade teenagers to meet them in real life, and online scammers.
Conduct risks include behaving in inappropriate or hurtful ways, or being the victim of this kind of behaviour. Examples include:
internetmatters.org have a fabulous section full of leaflets and resources that can be downloaded for free and given to students, parents, carers and displayed in classrooms
UK Safer Internet Centre has issued tips for schools in the UK to ensure filtering and monitoring are correctly working across their mobile devices and harmful material is blocked. Suggestions include: detailing all the mobile devices; understanding the applications used; and identifying any vulnerable users of mobile devices.