Keeping Your Child Safe Online
The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But how do you keep track of what they’re doing and make sure they’re staying safe?
Use the link below to find out more, including information on video chat and video sharing apps, Pokemon Go and Minecraft.
We recommend these Top Tips:
- explore the online world together
- talk to your child bout staying safe online (e.g. what to share and what not to share)
- set up parent controls
- agree rules about what’s ok and what’s not
- limit the amount of time your child spends online / gaming
- reassure your child that they can always talk to you about anything they feel uncomfortable with
Parents’ Guide to Social Networks
Net Aware is the NSPCC’s no-nonsense guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use.
It’s good to share – but sometimes sharing online can be dangerous. Be Share Aware and keep children safe online.
- Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them
- Tell them they should speak up and not keep secrets if something is worrying them
- Be Share Aware: talk about what’s OK, and not OK, to share online
- Talk about what ‘personal information’ is and why it’s important
- Explain simple ways to protect privacy
- Discuss images and photos, and what might be appropriate
- Explain people aren’t always who they say they are
- Tell your child that if they’re in any doubt they should talk to you first
Digital Parenting Magazine
The Vodafone Digital Parenting magazine is another great resource that has helped millions of families understand the digital world. To read online download the following: Digital Parenting magazine
This Live Streaming Ebooklet is full of useful informaiton to keep your child safe when using live streaming apps.
Other useful websites:
National Online Safety – nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/wake-up-wednesday/
Internet Matters – www.internetmatters.org/
London Grid of Learning – www.lgfl.net/online-safety/default.aspx
Parent Info – parentinfo.org
Thinkuknow – www.thinkuknow.co.uk
UK Safer Internet Centre – www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers