Online Safety Support
Empowering yourself as a parent to navigate your child's online experience doesn't require expertise. Instead, fostering an open and proactive dialogue with your children is key. By doing so, you can effectively discuss both the advantages and potential risks associated with the Internet. Take an active interest in their online pursuits, including their preferred websites, online games, and hobbies. Additionally, encourage conversations about their online social interactions, prompting them to share who they are engaging with and the nature of their online discussions.
Take advantage of the software that exists to help parents manage their children’s computer experience. In only a few minutes, parental control software like Safe Eyes or Net Nanny, for example, can block inappropriate websites, restrict the amount of time that your kids use the Internet and monitor their Instant Messenger chats to protect against predators. You’re not prying or censoring: you’re helping your children manage their experiences in a whole new world, and that’s your job as a parent.
The National Online Safety website provides access to free downloadable guides to help parents keep their children safe whilst using online social media such as TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram, etc. You can find these and more in their Guides section.
Download advice on keeping children and young people safe online here: Social Media and Teens – The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Kids Safe Online
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Empowering Parents with Step-by-Step Mobile Phone Safety Measures
Discover a series of comprehensive, step-by-step guides for implementing parental controls on your child's mobile phone, offering an added layer of protection against cyberbullying, sexting, and online grooming. While these controls are essential, it's equally vital to engage in open conversations with our children about their digital experiences and emotions. Enquire about their online interactions and any potential distress they may encounter. Remember, you can report any concerns to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) if necessary, ensuring a safer online environment for all.
educate.against hate - Your Comprehensive Resource Hub for Safeguarding Youth
Our website serves as a centralised hub, offering parents access to the finest advice, support, and resources. These invaluable tools are designed to equip parents with the knowledge and skills necessary to safeguard their children from the perils of extremism and radicalisation.
Ensuring the Safety of Our Students, In School and Online
The well-being of our students, whether within the school premises or in the digital realm, remains our utmost priority. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us, and make use of the guidance and support resources provided.
ThinkUKnow is a website with advice and support for parents,carers and children on how to stay safe online.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) is a Police website offering advice and support regarding online safety. The website has the facility for you to report any issues regarding the suspected online sexual exploitation of children.
Public Health England - Information
ThinkUKnow Activity Packs
Helpful and engaging home activity packs for all to learn about Online Safety.
Years 7 - 9 - First to a Million video
Years 9 - 11
National Online Safety Resources
National Online Safety offers a wealth of helpful guides for both parents and young people, covering various apps and websites. Below is a selection of these resources, and for a more comprehensive list, please visit their official website: National Online Safety
- Amazon Alexa Safety Guide & Tips
- Facebook Online Safety Guide
- Minecraft Online Safety Guide
- TikTok Online Safety Guide
- Social Pressures Linked to ‘Appearance’ Online Safety Guide
- Social Pressures Linked to ‘Social Media Influencers’ Online Safety Guide
- Social Pressures Linked To ‘Friends and Followers’ Online Safety Guide
- Social Pressures Linked To ‘Likes’ Online Safety Guide
- Bullying Guidance - Anti-Bullying Alliance
- Online Safety, Support and Gaming Guidance - Internet and Online Safety for All Ages Guide
- Common Sense Media - Digital Citizenship Resources
- Online Safety - Cyber Street
- Digital Literacy and Citizenship
Domestic, Sexual Abuse, and Relationship Guidance:
- NSPCC - Helpline - For those in education, call 0800 136 663, or email email@example.com
- Child Sexual Exploitation - Know and See the Signs
- Teen Relationships - Act on It
- Gender Identity - GIRES
- Domestic Violence - Nice and Serious
- Pornography - Childline
Wellbeing and Mental Health Guidance:
- Body Awareness - Body Gossip
- Mental Health Issues - Young Minds & Head Meds
- Suicide - CALM
- Discrimination - Time to Change
- Prevent Stories - Prevent Tragedies
- Positive Messages - Kid President
These resources aim to provide essential guidance and support on various topics to ensure the safety, well-being, and positive development of young people in today's digital world and beyond.
Additional Support and Guidance
Addressing Online Sexual Violence and Harassment in Educational Settings
Schools and colleges must recognise the complexity of sexual violence and harassment occurring online, whether in isolation or linked to face-to-face incidents. Such situations can involve widespread abuse across multiple social media platforms, resulting in repeated victimisation. In navigating these intricate issues, support is readily accessible from various organisations:
For School and College Staff:
UK Safer Internet Centre provides an online safety helpline at 0344 381 4772 and firstname.lastname@example.org. This helpline offers expert advice and support for educational professionals dealing with online safety concerns.
Internet Watch Foundation (IWF): If the incident involves the circulation of sexual images or videos online, victims can seek assistance to have these images removed through IWF.
Childline/IWF Report Remove: This free tool empowers children to report nude or sexual images and videos of themselves that they suspect have been shared online.
UKCIS Sharing Nudes and Semi-Nudes Advice: Offers guidance for education settings on addressing reports of children sharing non-consensual nude and semi-nude images or videos (commonly referred to as sexting or youth-produced sexual imagery).
Thinkuknow from NCA-CEOP provides comprehensive support for the children’s workforce, parents, and carers in fostering online safety.
LGFL 'Undressed' offers schools guidance on educating young children about the risks of getting undressed online in a sensitive and informative manner.
Online Safety Support for Children:
Childline: Offers free and confidential advice to children facing online safety concerns.
UK Safer Internet Centre: Provides resources for reporting and removing harmful online content.
CEOP: Offers advice on reporting online abuse.
Parental Online Safety Support:
Childnet: Provides a toolkit to assist parents and carers in initiating discussions about their child's online life and finding additional help and support.
Common Sense Media: Offers independent reviews, age ratings, and information on various media types for children and their parents.
Government Advice: Provides guidance on protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying.
Internet Matters: Offers age-specific online safety checklists, guides on setting parental controls, and practical tips to enhance children's digital experiences.
Marie Collins Foundation – Sexual Abuse Online: Provides guidance on supporting children facing sexual abuse online.
Let’s Talk About It: Offers advice for parents and carers on safeguarding children from online radicalisation.
London Grid for Learning: Provides support for parents and carers to ensure their children's online safety, including tips for primary-aged children.
Stopitnow: A resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation that can be used by parents and carers concerned about someone's behaviour, including children displaying concerning sexual behaviour, not limited to online contexts.
Parentzone: Offers assistance to parents and carers on keeping their children safe online.
These resources collectively aim to empower educators, children, and parents with the knowledge and tools necessary to promote a safe and secure online environment for all.