KEEPING YOUNG CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE
Children are accessing technology and the internet at a younger age than ever before. It’s never too early to talk to your child about what they do online and who to tell if they come across anything online that makes them feel worried, scared or sad.
A new educational resource has been developed by the National Crime Agency (NCA) to help keep children safe online. The resource, to be used by teachers and parents with four to seven year olds, is based upon a three-episode animation series called Jessie and Friends. There are also accompanying storybooks available to download. This and other relevant, quality assured resources by the National NCA Thinkuknow programme are available via the link below:
For older children there are other resources on the site.
Band Runner and Play Like Share follows the adventures of Alfie, Ellie and Sam as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help, they need to use it wisely and safely. The aim of the films is to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe online. In particular, the films teach them to spot the early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour by people they might meet online, and develops their confidence to respond safely and get help.
Keeping Young Children Safe Online (UK Safer Internet Centre) - A useful Online Safety Guide for parents http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ufiles/Keeping-Young-Children-Safe-Online.pdf
Cyber Aware - https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/
BBC Webwise is part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety. http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/parents-film
Avoiding Ratting - Remote Access Trojans - https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/avoiding-ratting/
The Digizen website - "This provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital Citizens."
'The Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet', has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent.
A guide from Google to show parents how they can protect your family online.
YouTube Safety Centre -
The 'Digital Parenting Guide' from Vodaphone "Read about the very latest technology and challenges in our new magazine - our Expert View articles, 'How to' guides and Take Action checklists will help you to stay up-to-date and feel more confident about getting involved."
"The Parents Guide to Technology from the UK Safer Internet Centre has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly".
The parents section of the Know IT All website. The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.
Webcam safety- BBC Webwise - http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/25812110
Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) - Criminal content can reported to this organisation - http://www.iwf.org.uk
Facebook Family Safety Centre - http://www.facebook.com/safety Child Safety Online Overview (Knowthenet) http://www.knowthenet.org.uk/knowledge-centre/child-safety
Digital resilience resources for parents https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/digital-resilience-toolkit/
Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/375420/Advice_for_Parents_on_Cyberbullying_131114.pdf
Internet Matters website
How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre) http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls
User guides for phones, tablets and game systems https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/smartphones-and-other-devices/
User guide for game systems
Parental controls for mobile phones
Nintendo Switch – parental controls video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03bAayBtcb0