INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:
Inappropriate Content Online Advice for Parents
Over the last 12 months, the E Safety Partnership have seen an increase in the number of parents reporting that students, while at home, have accessed content which is not always appropriate, some of which has been quite scary or upsetting. While there is no perfect way to eliminate this risk, we feel that there are things parents and carers can do to support their children online, reduce the risk or manage it after the fact. Here are some of the practical steps parents and carers can follow:
It's important to remember that no filters or controls are 100% effective so make sure your child knows that they can, and should, talk to someone if they see or hear anything upsetting online so we can offer them some reassurance. This information from Thinkuknow might be useful https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Im-worried-my-primary-aged-child-might-see-something-inappropriate-online/
Parent's guide to Online Safety Session by Dan Hawbrook:
The Stay Safe Partnership recently ran a live stream on YouTube for parents around online safety and keeping their children safe this can be viewed here at parent's leisure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrWJte5NAzw&t=127s
Dan looks at the positive sides of the internet, negative parts, popular apps what they are and how to keep your children safe on them. Techniques used in grooming, sending nudes and agencies that can offer support and help. It is worth a watch for all parents any feedback they have is gratefully received also. Please distribute to parents so they are aware of this fantastic session.
Information for parents about Omegle.com
This website's tag line is, “Talk with strangers!” The site is a chat app, available on the web and through browsers, that requires no login or other credentials, and will match you with another random user logged into the site from anywhere in the world. It offers both text and video chat.
We are advising parents NOT to allow children on this site as it could be open to abuse by strangers.
Home Learning 'Keeping safe online'. article and resources.
For primary and secondary parents around keeping safe online. Thinkuknow will be making weekly resources available for parents. The link below will take you to a guide for parents on how to support their children at home with the weekly activities being accessible down the right hand side of the page.