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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:

  • Contact their Internet Service Provider (ISP): Companies that provide broadband such as BT, Sky and Virgin, offer free protection for parents and carers. They can filter your internet connection directly, without having to install anything. Guide on how to use this can be found here: https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/broadband-mobile/
  • YouTube is a fantastic resource, especially when home schooling, but not all the content is appropriate for children and not all YouTube channels are made for young audiences. YouTube has an app just for children – YouTube Kids – but many people don't realise that the main YouTube app has a restricted mode. A quick guide (above) shows how to activate this.
  • Games consoles have features that can limit what games they can play based on the age ratings, and can even turn off certain features to allow gaming to be a little safer. To learn more about these features visit https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/gaming-consoles/
  • Games are also rated based on the content, not how difficult they are. 18 rated games can have very graphic violence, adult language and themes, sexual content and horror elements. Learn a bit more about appropriate games by visiting https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming-whats-appropriate-for-your-child/  or visit this site for more about game ratings https://parentzone.org.uk/article/pegi-games-ratings-explained

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.

SAFER INTERNET DAY FEBRUARY 2019

Cyber Bullying Presentation by WE Club #WEriseabove

Safer Internet Day at Holy Trinity June 2017

Safer Internet Day Assembly Power Point February 2016

USEFUL WEBSITES

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.

 

 

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/support-your-child-at-home/

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