For parents

As a school we recognise how positive the internet can be, however if used incorrectly it can be extremely dangerous. What we aim to provide here is helpful tips for you to monitor what your child is using the internet for.  Please see the KCSIE 2021 (Keeping Children Safe in Education Document) which stresses the dangers of the internet. 

www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2

Useful Links for parents

The internet for many parents can be a daunting place but to our children it is a necessity of life.  Access to the internet has never been so vast and continues to spread with the increasing popularity of tablets devices and access through mobile phones.  To support you in protecting your child on line there are some useful links below to sites with tips and guidance:

Five articles to share

  1. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know
    Many children spend time gaming online. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming..
     

  2. Sharing pictures of your child online
    Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. Our article helps parents to protect their child while staying social.
     

  3. Keeping your under 5s safe online
    Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.
     

  4. Live streaming: responding to the risks
    Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. Our article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.
     

  5. Using parental controls
    Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.

WhatsApp: What do I need to know?

WhatsApp
 

Simplified Social Media Terms and Conditions

Children often don’t know what they’re signing up to when they join Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, WhatsApp or Instagram.  That’s why the Children’s Commissioner have worked with lawyers to create simplified versions of Terms and Conditions for the most popular social media platforms.

www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/simplified-social-media-terms-and-conditions-for-facebook-instagram-snapchat-youtube-and-whatsapp/
 

Young & eSafe
 

A wonderful new resource from the office of the Australian e-Safety Commissioner that can be used by schools and parents.

esafety.gov.au/youngandesafe/about

Screen Time boundaries

Advice for parents and carers with children aged 0 to 7.
 

www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/screen-time-boundaries
 

Top Tips

  1. Use digital devices together: Get involved in your child’s online activities. Have fun, play games and learn together online, just as you would in the physical world. It will then be natural for your child to turn to you if they experience anything upsetting online.

  2. Set clear expectations: Clear family rules can help your child have a positive start to their digital life and get the most out of being online. Ask your child to help create some family rules.

  3. Be informed: Many digital devices, services and content providers offer a range of parental controls. You can choose the type of content and options that are suitable for your child.

  4. Establish good habits early on: Both adults and children enjoy sharing moments with family and friends through online images and videos. Starting conversations and good habits early on is a great way to support children in staying safe online.
     

Online Teen Speak from Parent Info

This site is really useful and includes a list of lingo and their abbreviations that children may use.  parentinfo.org/article/online-teen-speak-updated

CEOP (Child On-Line Protection) Parents Area

This site offers advice and guidance for all types of online behaviours be it on line gaming, social networking, sharing and much more.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

A Parents’ Guide to Facebook

Would you know whether your son/ daughters profile is set to public or private?  Would you know how to check?  Do you know what POS stands for when children are online chatting (Parent Over Shoulder)?  Do you know what Phishing is?  Facebook is very popular amongst young people (and many adults) this guide is produced annually to keep parents up to date with tips for keeping their children safe when using Facebook and informing them of the latest trends for Facebook usage.

www.connectsafely.org/pdfs/fbparents.pdf

NSPCC – Why Radicalisation is a Child Protection Issue

www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/news-opinion/why-radicalisation-child-protection-issue/

Parent’s Guides

A Parent Guide to Cyberbulling
A Parent Guide to Facebook
A Parent Guide to Instagram
A Parent Guide to Snapchat
A Parent Guide to Being Share Aware

There is a wealth of information available to support schools, colleges and parents to keep children safe online.Here are some helpful websites, which can offer up to date advice. Follow the links below...

www.childnet.com/parents and carers

www.digizen.org

Click here to read SMC's eSafety Policy