This week our focus is on online issues that you might encounter with your children. The internet is a fantastic place for children to learn, create and have fun, but they may occasionally have to deal with a variety of sometimes challenging issues. These might include cyberbullying, along with various others issues. But there are positive things you can do to equip yourself and your child, support them in resolving any issue they may face. https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/ Don’t forget that all the links can be found on the school’s Online Safety page https://st-helens.southend.sch.uk/Curriculum/useful-links
Guidance about your child's digital life
Whatever your child’s age, this week, we have links to guidance to help you find out more about their digital lives. Receive practical advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them safe on social media, in online games and around the web. Just use the right link for you children.
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Keeping your Children Safe Online – Digital Safeguarding
Here are some things you may want to do to help your children 'Stay Safe' in the online world:
- Set ground rules and with younger children agree which websites they can visit. Remember these will vary depending upon the ages of your children.
- Agree time limits and regular breaks. Remember letting children play video games just before bedtime may stop them sleeping and have an impact on their learning.
- Find out how to set the parental controls and safe search. Consider buying parental monitoring/ control software for younger children. Remember none of these are 100% effective and supervision is always needed.
- Check the home page of your children's favourite social network, game and so on. This will give you an overview of the website and its suitability.
- Spend 30 minutes watching your children play an online game so that you can see the content and be happy that it is suitable for them.
- Check the age ratings of games at PEGI. Remember video games ratings are all about the content and not the difficulty of the game.
- Say NO to your child playing any game that has a rating above their age, or using websites that you think are unsuitable.
- Talk to your children about their privacy settings and ask them to show you how to change these settings. Encourage your children to only have online friends that they know in the real world.
- Tell your children what to do if they ever feel frightened or scared when online or using their mobile phone. It is important that your children know they can always talk to you and you will help them (This link is useful, you may not always know the answer but by talking to the school, other parents, ThinkUknow FAQs, mobile phone provider websites and so on you will be able to find a solution.
The following websites are useful for further guidance and support:
BBC Own It - advice for children on online safety.
Child Protection Company: eSafety Course for Parents - by taking the Parent eSafety course, you can work with your child to keep them safe on the internet and learn more about eSafety yourself as a parent.
Childnet International - for primary children.
Childnet International - for teachers and professionals.
Everybody Plays - a parent's guide to games.
Facebook Safety Centre - guides to Facebook settings.
Internet Matters - a guide to help you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet.
Internet Watch Foundation - the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content.
NSPCC - doing everything possible to keep childhood safe from abuse, so children can grow up healthy and thrive.
Report Online Terrorist Material (gov.uk) - report illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you've found on the internet. Your report will be treated anonymously.
ThinkUKnow - learning resource for children.
Tiger Mobiles - how to protect your children on their smartphone.
UK Safer Internet Centre: Parental Controls - how to set up parental controls offered by your home ISP.
Please click below to read any of these useful pages to keep your children safe online.