E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
- You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here
- You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites on the right of this page which are fantastic resources, They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
For more information please see the link below from the National Online Safety Team.
The following sites provide information and guidance on how best to support your children.
A guide on how to set up parental controls on your home internet. This help website covers the 4 major providers. http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls
CEOP Website. A wealth of information for parents focused on keeping children safe. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
A light hearted, short cartoon from the NSPCC highlighting the dangers of sending explicit photos http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/
Digital parenting guide produced by Vodaphone. http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html
Common Sense Media is a US based website which reviews video games, films and books and gives parents guidance on their suitability for particular age groups. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/