Stay Safe Online
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children's. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us this can all be bit too much. You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
(Source - thinkuknow.co.uk)
Top tips for keeping your children safe online
Many parents regularly communicate their concerns nationally regarding their children's access to and use of online resources, particularly apps. The NSPCC has issued the following ‘TEAM’ guidelines for parents who may be concerned:
Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online and how to stay safe. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen.
Explore your child’s online activities with your child. Understand why they like using them and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe.
Agree your own rules as a family when using sites, apps and games.
Manage your technology and use the settings available to keep your child safe.
NSPCC teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they're using the Internet, social networks, apps, games and beyond. More information can be found via their website:
The Think U Know website can offer you practical tips and simple guidance:
National Online Safety
As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign, National Online Safety has teamed up with MusicAlternative to launch a jolly online safety jingle for parents.
Please watch their 'Get Outside! - Online Safety Summertime Song' and feel free to share this song across your social media platforms:
Childline provide advice to help you stay safe online including keeping devices safe online, online communities and getting help with online bullying:
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations. The site has a wide range of information on online safety issues and has activities your child can do to support staying safe online.
Online Safety workshop with O2 and the NSPCC
O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces on a mission to help all children and their families in the UK stay safe online. Together, they are offering useful tools, support and guidance to help parents and carers have conversations with their children about their online lives.
Further information regarding E-Safety is available in our Acceptable Use policy which is available to download from our policies page