The UK Safer Internet Centre has released advice for parents about what to do if their child sees something upsetting online. The advice includes: information about tools which parents can use to block content on their child’s device; and information about organisations who can offer help and support to parents and children.
Source: UK Safer Internet
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe online through a combination of assemblies and lessons from their class teacher.
In particular, children are shown how to:
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibility
- recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour online, such as cyberbullying
- keep passwords and personal information safe
- report when they feel unsafe
- understand their online presence and how to be in control of their own privacy
We understand that it can be overwhelming to keep up-to-date with new technologies so we highly recommend using the resources below to keep your children safe online.
We have a range of printed guides within school that explain how you can keep your children safe online. Please speak to Lucy if you would like a copy or you would like to attend our parent workshop on keeping your children safe online.
This video from Internet Matters explains how to apply parental restrictions at home.
This wizard from Internet Matters guides you through the process of applying parental restrictions at home to many different types of devices, from mobile phones and tablets, to broadband routers and apps.
Net Aware from the NSPCC is a website that lists many apps that children use. It explains their risks and how you can keep children safe if they’re using them. Click here to view the website.
Worried about YouTube?
During our last E-Safety parental workshop, many parents raised their worries about their children using YouTube at home. We also share these anxieties and so we’ve looked into some possible options to help you. The best way to ensure your children on safe online is to encourage them to use their devices within shared family areas and to openly talk to them about the dangers.
The simplest option (for tablets and phones) — YouTube Kids
Simply install the app on your children’s devices and remove the adult-version of YouTube. Your children will only be able to access specially selected content for their age group. The adverts are also suited towards children.
See more information about YouTube Kids at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/youtube-kids.
Setting up parental controls on YouTube (for laptops and computers)
This involves signing into YouTube and setting up parental restrictions. You can then see what your children are looking at. There are more instructions on how to do this at https://www.internetmatters.org/controls/interactive-guide/YouTube/.
Alternatively, look at this video for a brief guide on how to do this.