The world of technology is constantly evolving, and the internet and mobile technologies has opened up the world in new ways for all, including children.
Below are some websites and links that give advice and support for families about keeping safe online and using mobile technologies, as well as routes for reporting concerns or abuse.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ is the NSPCC website which covers all topics and gives advice for parents and families about current issues and how to discuss keeping safe with children.
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk is a specific organisation for online safety and they are the organisers in the UK of ‘Safer Internet Day’ which school gets involved in. There is a wealth of information on this website, but some key features are;
- http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology here you will find information on all the latest phones, tablets and gaming consoles
- http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers the area specific for parents
- http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/young-people/3-11s area for primary school aged children. (There is also an area for older children http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/young-people/11-19s )
- http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/safety-tools-on-online-services from here you can find information and links to all the help centres for social media platforms including facebook , youtube, twitter and instagram. There is also advice on smart tvs, web browsers such as google and tv on demand such as the BBC iPlayer.
- http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls from here there is advice on setting up parental controls on the main providers of home internet.
- If you are a foster carer or have adopted children there are some specific downloadable leaflets that you can access via http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/fostering-adoption
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ is the website from CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) and from here you can report concerns, crime or abuse directly to the specialist online protection wing of the National Crime Agency. This is the department that operates the report button. We have this button on our school website pages. (See below).
ceop also run the thinkuknow website, which has an area for parents; https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/