A Parent Guide to oversharing online

Sharing things is a key part of online life – and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Many young people use social media to express who they are, update what they are doing or post things they feel particularly proud of. But some things are not suitable to be shared online, and in some cases, could even be dangerous. This Parent Guide explores the risks around oversharing and what parents can do to help their child share more safely online. The guide can be found here.

Advice for parents and carers to keep their children safer online

Lots of us will continue to rely on technology over the winter break, for entertainment and keeping in touch with friends and family. You may find useful the following articles from ‘Thinkuknow’, which is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command to help keep children safer online:

  1. A parent's guide to privacy settings
  2. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know
  3. What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Getting Tech Ready at Christmas 

Parent Zone have provided a guide for setting up you divices - Getting tech-ready at Christmas | Parent Zone 

Parentzone - Yik Yak

Parentzone - A quick guide to Instagram

#Ask The Akward

CEOP have announced the recent launch of #AskTheAwkward, a brand new resource for parents and carers of secondary-aged children.
#AskTheAwkward aims to help parents and carers have regular conversations with their children about online relationships and more. The resource includes three short films created in a social experiment style, with real parents and their children to capture their reactions to a range of questions.

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Think You Know

The parents and carers website has been recently updated and provides advice and guidance on a number of topics such as sharing images, social media, livestreaming, gaming and more.

Reporting Racism Online

The Safer Internet Centre has useful information on how to report racism on line. You can find information here.

IPAD Training 

Family Fund are offering free iPad workshops. One of the workshops focuses on online safety. You can find out more here https://www.familyfund.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/ipad-workshops

Online Safety

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

COVID19: support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Parents and Carers Online Safety Newsletter from CEOP

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, which is a command of the National Crime Agency, has produced an online newsletter for parents and carers. With many children and young people accessing the internet, you may find the newsletter useful - the newsletter can be found here.

Social Media and online platforms

NSPCC have joined forces with O2 to help parents explore and understand online life as children know it and I had previously shared information about their website. The NSPCC and O2’s Net Aware site and app have now been updated with all-new reviews from parents and young people. It provides online safety information and advice on privacy settings and other features, as well as recommended age guidance and risk ratings for inappropriate content. Net Aware is a tool for parents or anyone working with children, who want to better understand what young people are doing online. Please click here

The UK Safer Internet Centre offers advice for families wanting to set online safety resolutions for the new year.  Tips include: have an open and honest conversation; create a family agreement; look at all your accounts; use the internet together. Please click here

On-Line Safety – Parentzone

We are working closely with ParentZone to promote on-line safety for all our students and their families. You can access their ParentZone site here

Parentzone weekly newsletter for up to the minute information on social media and E-safety click here.

Once in the website you need to enter your email address and the password we sent you - you can access the login details here. Get in touch if you need any help.

Up to date information is also available from Parentinfo

On-Line Safety – Childnet International

Childnet International has produced guidance for parents and carers on looking after the digital wellbeing of children and young people, which you may find useful . The guidance includes having an awareness of how being online can make children and young people feel, and how they can look after themselves and others when online. The guidance includes: age specific information for 3-7 year olds, 7-11 year olds, 11-14 year olds and 14-18 year olds, about how children and young people are interacting with the internet; top tips to support young people at this age; and ideas to help start a conversation about digital wellbeing.

The guidance can be accessed via here

On-Line Safety – Fortnite

UK Safer Internet Centre – Safer Internet Day 

The UK Safer Internet Centre launched resources for Safer Internet Day 2021. You can find resources and useful information here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2021

Harmful content

UK Safer Internet Centre has launched a new online reporting tool for abusive and harmful content, which you may find useful and want to share with children in your school/setting and their parents/carers. ‘Report harmful content online’ is a reporting and advice system for online issues relating to: bullying; harassment; impersonation; pornographic content; suicide; self-harm; threats; unwanted sexual advances; violent conduct.

To report harmful online content please follow the link here

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