All you need to know about Safeguarding Children OnlineThe online world offers amazing opportunities but also brings elements of potential risk and for Parents & Carers, making sense of the online world can appear to be an enormous challenge. Unlike previous generations, the online environment is an integral part of children’s lives and therefore we can no longer consider their wellbeing or safety without also considering their relationship to technology. However, staying safe online is fundamentally about behaviours rather than the technology itself and if approached from this perspective, we can begin to gain confidence to support our children.
Current advice for parents about online safety, games and apps.
The latest release of the Vodafone Digital Parenting resource is now available.
The highly-recommended magazine resource is free to access online and includes articles on improving digital-life balance, tips for children starting to use social media, parental controls & filtering and better smartphone security
Childnet Online safety activities you can do from home
Younger children will be interacting more with technology right now, than they have done ever before. There are lots of creative and educational ways to help them learn how to do this in a safe and balanced way. Use these activities from Childnet to help them manage their online lives whilst staying at home.
Digital 5 a Day. Advice from the Children's Commissioner
Easy to follow, practical steps for children and parents to achieve a healthy and balanced digital diet
Here is a modern twist on the classic fairy tale of Goldilocks which offers a fun and accessible way to discuss responsible social media use with younger children.
The tale sees #Goldilocks getting into trouble with the three bears over her pursuit of likes on social media. It aims to help educate children about the potential consequences of being unkind, getting carried away with selfies or oversharing images in a light-hearted way.
Life in 'Likes'
The Children’s Commissioner has produced a report on a study linked to the effects of social media use on children aged 8 to 12 years called "Life in 'Likes'". It examines the way children use social media and the effect it has on their well being, showing how younger children use platforms which social media companies say are not designed for them. Whilst most social media sites have an official age limit of 13 years, some research has suggested ¾ of 10 to 12 year olds have a social media account. While 8 to 10 year olds use social media in a playful, creative way – often to play games – this changes significantly as children’s social circles expand as they grow older. This report also demonstrates that many Year 7 children are finding social media hard to manage and are becoming over-dependent on ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ for social validation. They are also adapting their offline behaviour to fit an online image, and becoming increasingly anxious about ‘keeping up appearances’ as they get older.
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For more information about on-line safety, please refer to the document below which offers details about a variety of websites which can help you learn more to support your child / children.
If you want to learn more about "Fortnite", the UK Safer Internet Centre has lots of useful information. Please follow this link so that you can support and guide your child appropriately:
What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying is the use of electronic media - especially mobile phones and the internet - to intimidate, threaten or upset someone.
Cyber bullying can include:
texting scary or rude messages by mobile phone
sending unpleasant photographs by mobile phone
using online message boards, chat rooms or social networking sites to post cruel messages
deleting the victim's name from or ignoring their messages on social networking sites
What to do if you are being cyber bullied
Talk to your parents, carers or a teacher at your school. You may also want to chat online confidentially with a ChildLine counsellor or phone ChildLine.