The following article has been recommended by an e Safety adviser (who has carried out e Safety training in school) as a very interesting article for parents from the website, Common Sense Media: Why the Best Parental Control is You.
The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children's Board have produced the following e safety advice:
There are four simple tips that we should share with children, no matter what their age, in order to help them keep themselves safe on the internet:
Managing Abuse Online
It’s important that we try to build resilience in children and young people, to help them better manage online abuse mentally and emotionally. With that in mind, why not encourage them to adopt the following strategy when faced with abusive behaviour online:
Useful websites for Parents/Carers on Internet safety
I would like to draw your attention to a source of advice for parents/carers with regard to e safety. Digital Parenting Magazine is a guide produced annually to keeping children safe online. It is produced in association with Vodafone.
Issue 5 is packed with information and advice about bullying, peer pressure, screen time and much more. It is a good place to start exploring the digital world together as a family. Please click on the link below to access one of the magazines.
NSPCC – Help for Parents
To help parents keep their children safe online, NSPCC have launched their Net Aware app to give parents the tools and knowledge to access advice on the go. Net Aware is the only guide for parents where social networking sites and apps aimed at children are rated by other parents, helping them make an informed decision about which is most appropriate for their child at different ages.
As part of their partnership with O2, they have updated their Net Aware guide with nine new sites with reviews from parents and findings from their recent Net Aware survey with primary school children.
It’s vital that parents sit down together with their children regularly to talk about which social media sites they are using, and how to get help if they need it.
Their Net Aware guide can support you as parents in having conversations with your child/ren about staying safe online. For further advice save their O2 and NSPCC online safety helpline number (0808 8005002) for parental control queries or concern about a social network their child uses. Save the helpline number in your phone and share with friends and family. http://www.net-aware.org.uk/
On the 22nd December 2015 the Department for Education issued a press release stating that all schools will be required to put in place strengthened measures to protect children from harm online. Linked to this the Department for Education have issued a guide to help parents/carers keep their children safe online which has been produced by the UK’s Council for Child Internet Safety. A copy can be found at the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/490001/Social_Media_Guidance_UKCCIS_Final_18122015.pdf.pdf. This guide is intended to help children understand the risks and benefits of social media and prevent risks becoming problems.
The National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command has revised and updated the parents content on the Thinkuknow website at http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk. The updated site gives a refreshed suite of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety.
Be Share Aware – and keep your child safe online
We tell our children it’s good to share – but online it’s different. In fact sometimes sharing online can be dangerous. Being Share Aware will help keep your child safe online. Share Aware is part of the NSPCC’s website and can be accessed via the link www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware
The NSPCC have put together a guide which is aimed to reassure parents/carers and give the information and advice you’ll need to keep your child safe online. The internet’s an amazing place, so we want to help your child to get the most out of it, and to do that safely. Click on the link below to access a PDF version of the guide.
www.internetmatters.org has advice for parents on e safety at home. The key message for parents is LEARN ABOUT IT, TALK ABOUT IT, DEAL WITH IT so you can make informed choices about your child’s online safety.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk provides parents with information on internet safety and advice as to where you can go for help.
Click on the link below to find out about some child friendly search engines produced by CfBT (Lincolnshire School Improvement Service)
IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT ANY CHILD’S eSAFETY PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT SCHOOL FOR ADVICE/SUPPORT OR TO REPORT THIS
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board have begun to produce monthly newsletters detailing information for parents/teachers advising them of topical information regarding Internet Safety to help with their young children.
The newsletters can be accessed by clicking on the link below.