Staying Safe Online
The 4 main providers of internet services have joined together to produce a useful website, Internet Matters, full of advice and information, including the setting of parental controls. It has sections for different age groups.
For further guidance on how to report an issue, keep your child safe online or for more information regarding parental controls available to you, please take a look at the following useful websites:
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
- Digital Parenting Website
- UK Safer Internet Centre
Information and Support
Please click on the link below to receive guidance on how to support your child with their online activity. Students should be aware that future employers, colleges and universities search for background information about potential employees/students. Often, you see news stories where people face the consequences of something they posted online many years previously. This guidance will help them (and you) to use the internet positively and to avoid any future problems.
Staying Safe Online while studying at home during school closures
Thinkuknow has published guidance for parents and carers to support children who may be spending more time online at home while they do their school work and socialise with friends. Suggestions to help parents keep children safe online include: chatting to find out how they use online technology and what it means to them; reminding children to report anything worrying, and how they can do this; and setting up or reviewing parental controls.
Read the news story: How to support your child at home
Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:
- Internet matters– for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning– for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware– for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info– for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow– for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre– advice for parents and carers
These are useful links that students can use to report online issues:
- Childline– for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre– to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP– for advice on making a report about online abuse
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day 2019 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 5th February 2019 with the slogan “Together for a better internet”, the day provided a fantastic opportunity to engage with children about their digital lives.
To help you talk to your children about having a positive and safe time online, we have created a pack for parents and carers, including conversation starters, a factsheet, family pledge card and more!
We have also produced a short film for parents and carers to accompany this pack and serve as a conversation starter.