Explore the supportive links when using technology online to keep yourself and others safe.
BBC Own It
This is an app to help you stay safe online. The BBC has launched this app to try and help the wellbeing of young people online. It's called Own It and it encourages young people to stop and think before they hit the send button.
YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children. They campaign, research and influence policy and practice.
The CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) logo pictured here is on a lot of social networking sites. It is the Advice, Help and Report button. Clicking on it will take you to their website, where you can easily follow links for help if you are a parent or child. It is excellent, so please try it now!
Highly recommended is the Thinkyouknow website. Click the image to go to the website and get the latest safety information.
This is an education initiative by CEOP - the UKs national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling sexual abuse of children.
Childnet International – Guidance for Parents, Teachers and Young People
This contains detailed information regarding specific topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and downloading.
A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. Why not use our conversation starters for parents and carers to get the ball rolling? Click on the picture above.
CBBC Stay Safe
CBBC Stay Safe is a super internet survival guide for you and your child/ren. Here are the tips and tricks you'll need to stay safe online, beat the cyber-bullies and become a super-surfer.
NSPCC Share Aware Campaign
Launched in January 2015, this campaign aims to raise awareness of how to help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games. They have a useful guide to the social networks young people are using on their Net Aware website:http://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Digizen is a game provided by Childnet International. You can play Digizen with your child. This game gives you different decisions and options to make about internet use and friendships in a school day and the consequences.
Below are some quick links for parents to some key questions and Top Tips in their 'Growing up online' section.
What is my child doing online?
How do I talk to my child about what they're doing online?
What risks might my child face?
What tools are there to help me keep my child safe?
Links for Parents/Carers
Ask About Games - Advice on computer gaming and how to apply parental controls
Windows family safety - Set up Windows safety controls.
Software to help you
Anti Bullying App
We do not allow mobile phones in school, which combats phone bullying here, but we know that mobiles are used outside school. You can help your child by using an Android App which blocks the bully's number, so you don't have to receive unwanted texts or calls. The bully doesn't know that their number is blocked. It is now a free app. Click the image to find out more.
This software blocks inappropriate websites, including pornographic ones. It also monitors emails and social networks for unsuitable content, grooming phrases, sex words and other danger words. Click the image to find out more.
SelfieCop app - teach your children to use their camera phone safely - please click the link on the menu on the right to find out more. Click the image to find out more.
Visit Google's Safety Centre to learn how to change Google's search settings to SafeSearch filtering:http://www.google.co.uk/familysafety/tools.html
This setting is designed to screen sites with explicit sexual text and images that you don't want your child to stumble across when browsing the internet.
Top Tips for Safer Surfing!
1. Remind your child that the internet is not a private space. Any information that your child puts online can be shared with anyone and may be used in a harmful way.
2. Keep communication open! Let your child know that it’s never too late to tell if something or someone is making them uncomfortable.
3. Teach your child to only open emails from people they know. Files may contain inappropriate images, content or viruses
4. Keep the computer somewhere in the house where it is easy for you to monitor what they are viewing.
5. Use internet filtering software and your browser’s control to offer the degree of security needed to protect your child.