Our children are growing up in a world of ever-changing technology. Being online is an integral part of children's lives. Social media, games, websites and apps can all be accessed through a number of devices - all of which form an important part of the children's online world. However, the Internet is always changing, and being able to keep up-to-date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that they have better technical skills than you do, however they still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.
Keeping children safe online is everyone's responsibility, both school and home. Through our Computing curriculum, we regularly teach the children about some of the dangers posed by online activity and how to stay safe online. Children are encouraged to talk about any issues they are facing and are given guidance on how to ask for help when needed.
Below are a list of useful websites and links that can support you with keeping your child safe online.
Useful resources and links:
ThinkUknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, it 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.
Internet Matters https://internetmatters.org/advice/esafety-leaflets-resources/
A comprehensive web resource with a wide array of tips and advice on how to navigate the online world with your child.
NSPCC is the lead children’s charity for keeping children safe. They have a wealth of tools and advice to help you keep your child safe.
Childnet International is a registered UK Charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people.
National Online Safety https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/
National Online Safety’s mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. This link provides up to date information about a wide range of social media apps and platforms that your child might be using.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) http://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
CEOP is part of the National Crime Agency and their website can be used to report if you are worried about online abuse or the way someone is communicating with your child online.
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has lots of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.
A guide to Apps and Social Media
Net Aware is a great resources which offers the latest and most current advice on over 70 apps to ensure you know what they do, how you can limit their features as well as recommend age restrictions.
The apps included are:
- Clash of Clans and Clash Royale
- And many more