Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.
As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online.
You don’t need to be an expert on the internet to help keep your child stay safe online. But you do need to know what your child is accessing online and how you can support your child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively.
It is really important to chat with your children on an ongoing basis about staying safe online.
Not sure where to begin? These conversation starter suggestions can help.
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help someone! Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you each use the internet. What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?
WhatsApp users need to be 16 to use WhatsApp. Nearly all other social media services require users to be at least 13 years of age to access and use their services. This includes Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Musical.ly and Skype.
Whilst there is no age restriction for watching videos on YouTube, users need to be 13 or older to have their own YouTube account (enabling them to subscribe to other channels, like videos, post comments, share their own content and flag inappropriate content).
These age restrictions are in place to protect children who are not mature enough to be able to use social media tools responsibly. Parents of primary aged pupils should regularly check the online habits of their children. Source - Childnet.com ****
There is a lot of information and support available for parents/carers regarding supporting your child to stay safe online. We will add relevant links below to that we feel can provide you with useful information.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) work with safeguarding and child protection partners across the UK and overseas. It protects children from harm online and offline.
The Thinkuknow website has up to date for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.
The NSPCC has teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more - Online Safety NSPCC
To help parents have important conversations with their children at a younger age, Vodafone UK and Andersen Press have teamed up with award-winning author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Tony Ross to produce a co-branded digital edition of #Goldilocks. The book is a modern twist on the classic fairy tale and offers a fun and accessible way for parents to discuss responsible social media use with their younger children.
For many families, it can be hard to keep pace with the rapid advances in tech, devices, apps and the ways young people are using them. Digital Parenting gives parents the knowledge and tools they need to have important conversations with their children about the digital world - so families can get the most out of it and navigate it safely.
We hold regular e-safety sessions for parents in school. You would be most welcome at future events.