When it comes to online safety we all want our children to be safe. In reality being safe on the internet can be difficult. As parents what can you really do?
Here are Balshaw’s Seven Safer Internet Tips:
- Talk to your child about their favourite sites, this can lead into a chat on online safety. Keep talking about it! As your child gets older you will need to broach topics like sexting, grooming etc.
- If your child uses social media, talk to them about who can see their information, their privacy settings, how to block and report unwanted things they see
- Encourage them to only be friends with people they know in real life
- Remind your child that showing respect for others online is just as important as showing it offline. Encourage them to think before they post and encourage them to show positive behaviour online
- If they see, or are a victim of cyberbullying, encourage them to save or screenshot all evidence
- If something they have seen or been sent is troubling them make sure they know to tell an adult that they trust if something upsets them online
- Consider parental controls and filtering at your home and also on your child’s portable internet enabled devices
If you still need more information here are some useful help sheets from the CEOP website:
Select the logo below to access the Parent Info site that has expert infromation to help children and young people stay safe:
You can also find support and information on the ChildLine website.
Other Useful Website Links
CEOP THINK U KNOW Concerned about your child?: Abuse and Exploitation - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Concerned-about-your-child/worried-your-child-is-being-sexually-abused/
CEOP THINK U KNOW Concerned about your child?: Online behaviours - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Concerned-about-your-child/concerned-about-online-behaviour/
CEOP THINK U KNOW Concerned about your child?: Sex and relationships - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Concerned-about-your-child/worried-about-your-child-the-internet-and-sex/
CEOP THINK U KNOW Parents Site- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
CEOP THINK U KNOW Reporting to social media sites - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Reporting-to-social-media-sites-/
Childnet International Parents and Carers - http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
CSM - 5 Tips for dealing with online bullying - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBX4rYAAS54
cyber[smart:] - https://esafety.gov.au/
Digital Parenting - http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html#
I Dare You - Take This Lollipop is an interactive live action video experience that connects to your Facebook account. To view the full experience, you will need to grant permissions to access your Facebook account. Go ahead, take this lollipop. - http://www.takethislollipop.com/
Internet Matters.org - https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/
Lancashire Constabulary - https://www.lancashire.police.uk/
LSCB Pokemon GO: Top Tips for Parents and Carers - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide/
NWG Network - http://www.nwgnetwork.org/
NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
NSPCC NetAware - https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
NSPCC Share Aware - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/
O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline - http://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc/helpline
Trusted - http://www.trusted2know.co.uk/
UK Safer Internet Centre - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
YPS Child Sexual Exploitation Advice Booklet - this was designed for students by students from St. Augustine's RC High School in Billington, Clitheroe.
Safety in Numbers Leaflet
Please look at this leaflet for lots of useful information about being safe:
Finally if you are still concerned please feel able to contact the school for further help or guidance.
E-Safety – Turning it off is not the answer!
Parents and students can look at the e-safety presentation below about staying safe on the internet: