With children spending more time online, through social media platforms, gaming and more, it is important that we work together to keep our children safe. This page offers helpful advice and tips to support you and your children in getting the most out of life online, safely.
Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others. Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online. Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you are unsure about the suitability of a game, film, TV show, app etc. then you can use the following websites. They have a search function and then provide age-ratings and advice.
Common Sense Media
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Parental controls help you to block or filter upsetting or inappropriate content, and control purchases within apps. You can install parental control software on your child’s and family’s phones or tablets, games consoles, laptops and your home internet.
Parental controls can help you to:
- Plan what time of day your child can go online and how long for.
- Create content filters to block apps that may have inappropriate content.
- Manage the content different family members can see.
For more information, visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/
With different websites and apps often looking and operating very differently, it can be challenge to ensure that they are safe for your children to use. Whilst we advise that children only access websites and apps that are age-appropriate, it is important that if they are accessing content designed for older children/adults then they are safe. The following checklist documents will guide you through privacy settings and parental controls:
Here are a few websites to support Online Safety at home. They will help you to ensure the safety and well-being of your child when they are using the internet.
Hector's World: Hector's World is an easy to use resource which shows some of the key messages of online safety in a fun and interesting way. Learn with Hector as he stumbles upon various eSafety dilemmas.
Cyber Cafe: An easy to use resource which covers many of the online safety key messages within the cafe environment.
Safesurfing with Disney
Know It All :This site has lots of useful online safety resources.
Vodaphone: The digital parenting magazine offers excellent advice.
Childnet International: Hints and Tips on staying safe.
Social Media advice: How to help your child learn to navigate social media safely and responsibly.