Keeping children safe online – updated guidance
The DfE has updated guidance for parents and carers about keeping children safe online. New information on apps has been added.
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.
SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them safeguard their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, whilst respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free access to 1 million licences during coronavirus.
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In addition to this we hold annual Online Safety Information Evenings to provide opportunities for parents and carers to learn how to keep children safe online. Additional information can be found on the Thinkuknow.co.uk website.
Parent Info is a new and freely available service launched by CEOP and The Parent Zone which brings together the most up-to-date content aimed at parents. The content is written by leading experts in their fields and covers pornography to eating disorders, sexting to violent extremism. The content is lively and easy to read and comes with all the authority of CEOP and The Parent Zone, leading providers of information and support about online risks.
7 QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU START A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT
1) Which Apps/Games are you using at the moment?
This will help you understand what your children are interested in at the moment, they might not tell you about all the apps and games so it is advisable to ask them to show you their devices whilst you are having this conversation.
2) Which websites do you enjoy using and why?
Again this allows you to find out more about your child's interests. It will encourage a positive conversation about their online activity.
3) How does the App/Game work? Can I play?
Show a genuine interest in what they are doing, if they are reluctant to play with you this might be a red flag.
4) Do you have any online friends?
Children can form positive relationships with people online but it is important for them to understand the difference between a friend and a stranger online.
5) Do you know where to go to for help?
Show your children where and how they can report any thing they come across online which has made them feel uncomfortable or embarrassed.
6) Do you know what your personal information is?
It is important that your child understands what is publicly available and what is private and the dangers of sharing personal information.
7) Do you know your limits?
Children will not necessarily understand the negative impacts of device or game addiction. It is important to talk about how online addiction can affect their sleep, school performance or interests in any other activities. This is a good time to discuss and introduce time limits when at home.