Our pupils often use the internet as part of their learning, and have regular lessons on e-safety to help them know how to keep safe online. Pupils in school are always supervised when using the internet.
We realise that this close supervision of internet use is much harder to do at home, so here are some useful sites and guides to help!
These sites have some great activities, advice and games for children:
Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help parents have conversations about online safety. Their booklet ‘Let’s talk about life online’ includes ten key messages that should be shared with children:
- “You can always come to me if you need help.”
- “What would you do if this happened…?”
- “Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online.”
- “Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too.”
- “Be respectful to others online.”
- “Think before you post.”
- “Remember to ask if it’s okay.”
- “Remember not everything is true online.”
- “The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like.”
- “Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to.”
The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found here.
Below are some guides written for parents to help you know what the dangers are for your children when they go online, and suggestions for what you can do at home to help!
O2 NSPCC – A Parents Guide to being Share Aware
O2 NSPCC – Your child’s online world A Guide for Parents
Parents Guide to Instagram
Parents Guide to ESafety
Parents Guide to Facebook
Parents Guide to Social Networking
Parents Guide to Twitter
Parents Guide to Snapchat
- O2 have partnered with the NSPCC to help keep children safe.
- NSPCC National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has advice on grooming and other online dangers.
- The ThinkUKnow website has a useful section for parents and carers
- Bullying UK has a section on cyber-bullying.
- Kidscape is an organisation which helps prevent bullying and child abuse
- The UK Safer Internet Centre has a helpful section for parents and carers
- Vodafone Digital Parenting information for parents about esafety issues, plus the digital parenting magazines
- Cybersentinel Professor Tanya Byron’s top tips for parents
- ChildLine Advice and support on bullying and cyber bullying.
Advice on Parental Control Tools
- Safer Internet Program (SIP Benchmark) has a range of parental control tools. Go to ‘Results’ and ‘Did you miss a tool?’ from the drop down menu for a list of parental control software.
- Childnet International parents guide to technology, plus guidance and videos on setting up controls.
- ThinkUKnow advice on the different internet providers and their tools
- KidSmart information about different devices and resources to use