What do parents need to know about?
Today more than ever, awareness around online safety is vital for both adults and children. We use the internet for so many aspects of our daily lives both on computers and through mobile and gaming devices, but there are many dangers which we need to be aware of.
NSPCC Online safety hub
You may also like to visit the NSPCC Online Safety Hub where you will find advice and
information on a range of different online safety topics including gaming, social media,
sharing nudes, parental controls and more.
You will also find online safety information for families of children with additional needs
and disabilities. We have worked with Ambitious about Autism and parents and carers
who have children with additional needs and disabilities to create activities to help talk
about online safety which you can find at www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-
Childline Under 12’s Website
Childline also have a website with age appropriate advice for primary school children on
topics such as bullying. It also has games and other interactive tools. Your child can visit
it at www.childline.org.uk/kids .
If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of
information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their
website www.nspcc.org.uk/parents .
Talking PANTS with your children
Talk PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep your child safe from sexual abuse.
From P through to S, each letter of PANTS provides a simple but valuable rule that can
help keep your child safe. You can find out more and download the free resources at
Does you child have access to any of the following apps or games?
Do you know what the dangers are?
Do you know what your children view on the internet?
Do you know if they play online on their Playstations and X-box?
Who are they talking to?
What are they viewing?
Most importantly are they Safe?
Click on the image for a clearer view of the information and support.
images from : https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/
On CEOP (the internet police) there’s a place where anyone can report anything if they feel uncomfortable or worried – about something they see, someone they are chatting to etc.
All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
Pupils should be taught to :
‘Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.’
Use technology safely and respectfully:
E-safety messages can start from an early age, encouraging both positive and safe use of technology and positive behaviour online.
In KS2 children will learn to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content or contact.
Treat others as you want to be treated.
Keeping personal information private:
The concept of personal information and sharing it with others is also important to establish and explore with young children. This can start with identifying what personal information is, moving on to what personal information should or shouldn’t be shared with other people. This can be framed by the idea of ‘things you wouldn’t tell a stranger about yourself’. A good step to encourage younger children to tell and adult if they are asked to enter any personal information on a site/service, or if another user is asking them for details about themselves.
Identify where to go for help and support:
While younger children will often ask an adult for help relating to something offline, it is important to encourage them to do the same for anything online. This may be for something that makes them feel worried, uncomfortable or upset, but equally they should be encouraged to ask for help if they are ever unsure about anything to with the use of technology or the internet.
Concerns about content:
Using online sites, services and apps offers children new and exciting ways to communicate with family and friends, as well as potentially communicate with people they have never met. In KS2 children will learn recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content or contact and it is important to establish with children that they may come on to contact with strangers online, that they should not disclose personal information to strangers.
The internet offers a wealth of information and a broad range of content for a variety of audiences. Whilst there is plenty of content online aimed at younger children, there is also content aimed at older/adult audiences, extremist content, content that promotes hurtful or harmful behaviour and illegal content. It is also to important to question the reliability of information online. Although internet connections in schools are well filtered, it is important to help younger children understand that they may come across upsetting or worrying things online when using the internet outside of school. The key message at this age is to always ask for help if they are unsure or worried about anything online.
CEOP – The internet police!
Rotherham Power – Keeping children safe
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends-videos/ – Watch fun animated episodes of Jessie and Friends who provide useful advice on staying safe online.
Test your E-safety knowledge on the Google Legends game : Interlands. It gives your child scenarios in a game situation to decide right/wrong.
There is also a section on the website for parents to help you to understand more about what to teach your child and how you can advise them to stay safe online. View it here.
Social Media Advice – Internet Matters – From how much screen time is suitable, to how to ensure your child is safe online, selfies, online gaming and social media.
www.digital-literacy.org.uk – SWGfL have created this collection of digital literacy resources for all age groups
www.childnet.com – Video’s and resources available for children, young people, parents and professionals. Includes resources designed for younger children such as Smartie the Penguin and Digi Duck
www.saferinternet.org.uk – Collects resources, links, research and guidance for all ages, professionals and parents included
http://www.childline.org.uk – Offers an online and phone based counselling and support service. Will not appear on phone bills and is a Freephone number – 0800 1111
www.iwf.org.uk – The Internet Watch Foundation is an internet industry funded body who seek to remove images of child abuse from the internet
- Video Games Parental guidance – video games
- Gaming Advice: