Online Safety Advice
Selfiecop – new app to protect children from the dangers of sexting
Selfiecop is a new app that proctects children and teenagers from the dangers of sexting and selfies. Selfiecop works by emailing parents a copy of every photo or video taken on their child’s smartphone or tablet. This includes photos and videos captured by the most popular social networking apps. For further information.
New digital technologies offer a wealth of opportunities for students; they can use them to learn, create and communicate in ways which are constantly changing and evolving. Today the online world is ubiquitous, and as a result form an important part of children’s lives.
Our natural desire is to keep our children safe. I like to think of Online Safety as requiring a similar approach to road safety; parents take great care to ensure their sons/daughters know how to cross the road safely and know about potential risks so they can avoid them. It is important that parents are equally able to guide and support their children in the online world so that they enjoy the benefits whilst avoiding the potential risks.
The best defences against any of the online risks are openness, awareness and education:
- talking with your son/daughter about their online lives,
- sharing their experiences and learn from them,
- helping them to use technology positively and responsibly, and
- by giving them guidance and support.
The Thinkuknow website has some useful advice on how to talk to your son/daughter about their online activity so that in their words
Whether you’re a new Internet user or an expert, the advice and tools provided below can help you navigate the web safely and securely.
CEOP’s Thinkuknow Advice page for Parents and Carers with students who are in secondary education
http://www.getsafeonline.org – Free online security advice for all users of the internet.
http://www.knowthenet.org.uk – Internet Safety, Security & Advice for Children & Parents
Vodafone – Parents’ Guide – Developed in conjunction with www.mumsnet.com, this is a collection of resources that aim to help parents understand new technologies and empower them to engage with their child’s digital world in a balanced way.
Parentport.org.uk – run by the UK’s media regulators., they set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.
Childnet.com – Childnet International is a UK-based charity working domestically and internationally to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children and young people.
The Digizen website – information to raise awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
NSPCC Online Safety – Advice for parents about keeping your child safe when using the internet, social networking websites and online gaming.
http://parentsonlinesafety.com – Online Safety Advice and Guidance for Parents
Free Online Safety Institute – Advice for parents on the areas of new media and social networking.
Safe – Internet safety advice – What is Internet Safety? – advice provided by the Metropolitan Police
http://www.kidsmart.org.uk – Advice for students and parents
http://gamesratingauthority.org/GRA/ – Advice for online gaming and how to set up parental controls for a range of gaming devices
Keeping Children Safe EE – Advice from Mobile phone provider EE
For information and advice, and to report concerns directly to The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), click on the report button below.