Online Safety Advice
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.
Advice for parents on cyberbullying Advice for Parents and Carers on Cyber Bullying
CEOP’s Thinkuknow Advice page for Parents and Carers with students who are in secondary education
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.
devon-cornwall.police.uk – advice on protecting your child online
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.
Free Online Safety Institute – Advice for parents on the areas of new media and social networking.
Gamesratingauthority.org/ – Advice for online gaming and how to set up parental controls for a range of gaming devices
Getsafeonline.org – Free online security advice for all users of the internet.
Kidsmart.org.uk – Advice for students and parents
Net-aware.org.uk – Your guide to social networks, apps and games.
NSPCC Online Safety – Advice for parents about keeping your child safe when using the internet, social networking websites and online gaming.
Parentport.org.uk – run by the UK’s media regulators., they set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.
Parentsprotect.co.uk – Help for Parents and Carers in protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
Safe – Internet safety advice – What is Internet Safety? – advice provided by the Metropolitan Police.
For information and advice, and to report concerns directly to The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), click on the report button below.