The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge, especially when your children may have better technical skills than you do. The internet and online technologies are an important part of children’s lives at home and school, providing great opportunities for learning, communicating, playing and creating, however children and young people still need support and guidance to ensure they manage their online time positively and safely.
The main areas of risk are;
Conduct – children and young people need to be aware of the impact their online behaviour can have on themselves and others
Content – children and young people need to understand how to avoid or report online content that may be hurtful or harmful
Contact – not everyone is truthful online and children/young people need to learn the importance of setting and reviewing privacy settings.
North Chadderton School has a clear, progressive esafety education programme as part of the Computing curriculum and SMSC curriculum covering a wide range of skills and behaviours appropriate to a student’s age and experience.
Talking to your child is one of the best ways to keep them safe online, helping them to understand how to stay safe online and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable. You can also use parental controls on social networks, online games and browsers and on both hardware and software that can filter or monitor what your child can see. The types of conversations and actions that are helpful to you and your child are;
- Discussing how to stay safe online and asking what your child is doing online
- Asking your child to show you their favourite things to do online
- Knowing who your child is taking to online – ask questions
- Setting rules and boundaries, discussing how to treat people online
- Making sure that content is age appropriate
- Using parental controls to filter, restrict, monitor or report content
- Checking your child knows how to use privacy settings and reporting tools
We have provided links to the following site for further help and guidance.
NSPCC - Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online. (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/)
NSPCC Net aware – A guide to social networks. (https://www.net-aware.org.uk/)
ThinkUKnow/Parents – Help and advice from the National Crime Agency, and how to report concerns. (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/)
ThinkUKnow/Social Media – How to report concerns to most of the major social media networks including Instagram, You Tube and Ask.fm. (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_13/help/Contact-social-sites/)
UK Safer Internet Centre – A parent’s guide to technology. (http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology)
Kidscape Cyberbullying – Help and advice if your child has been bullied through social media, phones or other technologies. (https://www.kidscape.org.uk/advice/advice-for-parents-and-carers/)
Childnet – Advice on how to start a conversation with your child on a range of esafety topics. (http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers)
Google Safety Centre – A useful guide for parent with help about some of the online tools you can use to keep your family safe online. (https://www.google.co.uk/safetycenter/families/start/basics/)
Phone Brain – Advice about teens and mobile phones plus links to advice centres for many of the UK major phone networks. (https://www.google.co.uk/safetycenter/families/start/basics/)
A further source of information is the Oldham Local Safeguarding Children Board http://www.oldham.gov.uk/lscb/ - please visit here to find out what support services are available.