As part of their #WakeUpWednesday campaign, National Online Safety have created free online safety guides for schools to share with parents and carers. Every Wednesday, they produce guides to focus on specific platforms/risks which they believe trusted adults should be aware of. Open the folder below to view the new guide each week. More information can be found on their website: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/
The virtual world can be a wonderful thing, but are you doing everything you can to keep your children safe?
If you answer ‘no’ to any of these questions, then we highly recommend you follow the advice given and do a little research on what apps your child is using:
- Do you know which games and apps your children are using?
- Do you know what information they are publishing about themselves?
- Do you know if they have chat features turned on to strangers?
- Do you know who they have listed as ‘friends’?
- Do you know what the potential hazards could be within these apps?
- Do you know how to change the settings within the apps they are using?
- Regularly check the games and apps your children are using. Ask your child to share what they like about the game or app to help you understand how they access the content.
- Check the security settings on the app/game. Turn off location services and chat features.
- If your child is posting content online, consider what they are revealing about themselves. Does it show their school uniform, which can allow someone to trace them to Braintree? Do they mention their full name? Do they have personal photos in the background?
- Having open discussions with your children about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable is a good place to start. Rather than forwarding on inappropriate links to their friends, encourage them to share them with you.
- Discuss the difference between real friends and online friends. Can they be sure people are who they say they are?
- Please make sure your children know they can raise any issues with you without having to deal with an immediate ban from electronics etc. for their honesty. Children are less likely to talk about issues that come up if they feel they will be punished with a ban.
- It is very good practice to be aware of what your children are viewing on a day to day basis and to have regular conversations about what they are doing online.
- Read the weekly #WakeUpWednesday guide that is added in the section below to keep up to date with information about apps and games.
What age can my child start social networking?
As a parent it’s important you know that all social networking platforms (or social networking apps, if on a smartphone) have age limits. Some social networks use technologies that may not be right for some ages or engage with communities that are made up of people much older than your child.
There are many apps that have been created especially for children to use. Click on the following link to take you to the Internet Matters website to view a range of child-friendly social media apps. https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/social-media-networks-made-for-kids/
The ThinkUKnow website also has a lot of information to help you decide whether your child is ready for social media.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers. This year the theme is ....
All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online.