Where can I seek additional support about digital safety and wellbeing?
Here, you will find a number of links to support you in supporting your children to navigate the digital world safely.
- UK Safer Internet Centre - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
This site contains advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly as well as a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies.
- Childnet - https://www.childnet.com/
A non-profit making organisation working with others to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
- Internet Matters - http://www.internetmatters.org/
An internet portal which aims to direct parents and carers to credible and helpful information on how to keep children safe online.
- Digizen - http://www.digizen.org/
A site about recognising and dealing with online hazards, setting up safe profiles on social networking sites and understanding how to manage personal information.
- National Online Safety - https://nationalonlinesafety.com/hub
You can sign up for free and download amazing resources for learning about online safety on different devices iPhone, Android, websites, apps etc.
- Think U Know - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Provides the latest information on the sites young people like to visit, mobiles and new technology. It's separated into different age groups: 5-7years, 8-10 and 11-16 years. There is also a 'parent/carer' and 'teacher/trainer' section. It discusses what's good; what's not so good about the internet; about online risks and what you can do about them.
- That's not cool - http://www.thatsnotcool.com/
This website has been created to help young people and their parents understand how mobile phones, instant messaging and online profiles are all digital extensions of who we are. It aims to provide young people with information the tools to help people think about what is, or is not okay in their digital relationships and the tools to resist peer pressure.
- Google Family Safety Centre - http://www.google.co.uk/familysafety
Provides parents and teachers with practical tools to help them choose what content their children see online. Look out for the video tips on how to set up safe searching on Google and YouTube.
Each search engine will have its own internet safety pages. You can search for these on the home page.
- Comparitech - http://comparitech.net/child-privacy
A useful guide to help parents, carers and educationalists protect children's privacy online.
- Connect Safely - http://connectsafely.org/
A forum where parents, teens, educators and experts discuss and learn about safe blogging and social networking.
- Cyberbullying - http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/
Advice for parents and carers- identifying signs of bullying and how to respond to it appropriately.
- Kidscape - http://www.kidscape.org.uk/
This charity aims to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse, by working with children and young people aged 6 to 19, concerned parents and grandparents, teachers and carers.
- NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
Advice and online safety guides to help children, young people and their families learn how to stay safe online together.
- Parent Zone - https://parentzone.org.uk/
Working with parents/carers to create a safer digital world of opportunities with a range of tools and advice to help keep families up to date.
- Dove Self Esteem - https://www.dove.com/uk/dove-selfesteem-project/help-for-parents.html
Dove has a whole host of articles, videos and activities on their website as part of their self-esteem project, the aim of which is to boost the self-esteem of young people. The free resources are designed to help you communicate with your child on a variety of subjects including the effects of cyberbullying and social media.
Barclays Fraud and Scams Information - https://www.barclays.co.uk/fraud-and-scams/scams-protection/
As scammers become more sophisticated, it is important that we learn about the different approaches that they might use and what to look out for so we can protect ourselves. Barclays have listed some of the most common scams on their website.
MoneySense - Natwest - https://natwest.mymoneysense.com/parents/
NatWest have an area on their website full of useful articles and guidance to support your child and enhance your understanding. Articles include avoiding fraud and online scams, information on digital game currency, the dangers of fraud and do you know what a money mule is? The site also includes activities to complete with your child to enhance their understanding of money including a ‘savings challenge’ for ages 5-8 and ‘money and your mental health’ aimed at young adults.
MOBILE PHONES, HANDHELD DEVICES AND GAMING
Each mobile network will have its own internet safety pages. Below are two links as examples.
- Vodafone Digital Parenting Guide - keeping kids safe online - https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting
Find advice on handling social media, screen time and how to use parental controls and privacy settings to keep your children safe online. Take Vodafone’s digital family pledge and help your family set some digital house rules.
- O2 - http://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc
02 have partnered with the NSPCC to provide a hub which contains information about a number of issues including online bullying and a guide to what 'apps' children are using. This site is designed to help adults understand what kids really do on their mobiles and the internet. And it's also to help you talk to your kids openly about the risks, so they know how to protect themselves.
- Ofcom - http://www.ofcom.org.uk/
Information about online access on mobile devices, games consoles and portable media players.
INFORMATION ON REPORTING INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT OR ILLEGAL CONTENT
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre - http://www.ceop.police.uk./
The CEOP Centre is the UK's national police agency set up to tackle online child sexual abuse. If you are worried about someone's behaviour towards a child, either online or offline, you can report this on their site.
- Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) - http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com/
The Virtual Global Taskforce is made up of police forces around the world working together to fight online child abuse. The aim of the VGT is to build an effective, international partnership of law enforcement agencies that helps to protect children from child abuse. The objectives of the VGT are: to make the Internet a safer place; to identify, locate and help children at risk; and to hold perpetrators appropriately to account. This site provides advice, information and support to both adults and children to protect themselves against child sexual abusers. It also provides information on how to report inappropriate or illegal activity with or towards a child online.
- Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) - http://www.iwf.org.uk/
The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way.
- True Vision - https://www.report-it.org.uk/
If you believe that a website or social media post breaches the law, you can report direct to the national police online website, True Vision. This site is hosted by the Ministry of Justice, and provides advice on what is a hate crime, how to report hate crime, and much else besides. It also provides direct links to a range of expert organisations.
- CST - https://cst.org.uk/
Incidents can be reported to the CST via Facebook, Twitter, the CST website or by calling 0208 4579999 (London) or 0161 792 6666 (Manchester).
- Get Netwise - http://www.getnetwise.org/
There are many tools available that parents can employ to guide their children to safe and rewarding online experiences. Here are some tips for choosing the tool or tools that are right for your family. Tools include filtering software, browsers for children and software that monitors time spent online.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS/CARERS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
- This guide has been produced by Cerebra - http://www.cerebra.org.uk/ - for children with special needs.
Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Parent's Guide. - https://www.cerebra.org.uk/help-and-information/guides-for-parents/learning-disabilities-autism-and-internet-safety-a-parents-guide/
SITES FOR CHILDREN
- BBC - OWN IT - https://www.bbc.com/ownit
A site designed to teach younger children about some of the pitfalls of the internet in a fun-way; using cartoons, quizzes and games.
- Clever Never Goes - https://clevernevergoes.org
This website helps children to recognise specific situations that are unsafe and gives them the tools to respond.
- Cybersmile - http://www.cybersmile.org/
The Cybersmile Foundation is a multi-award winning anti cyberbullying non-profit making organisation that provides expert help and advice for cyberbullying victims and their families. Founded by parents of children directly affected by cyberbullying, it provides support to those that are bullied online, and changes the behaviour of the bullies themselves, through education.
- Childline - http://www.childline.org.uk/
ChildLine is a confidential counselling service for children and young people. They can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. You can phone ChildLine on 0800 1111, send them an email, have a 1-2-1 chat or send a message to Ask Sam. You can also post messages to the ChildLine message boards or text them.
- Lego Build and Talk - https://www.lego.com/en-gb/kids/campaigns/doom-the-gloom
Doom and Gloom - The internet can be a super fun and amazing place but when bad vibes aka 'The Gloom' ruin good times, we need to join forces and Doom the Gloom! Children, together with Captain Safety and his online heroes, complete missions, learn to use the internet safely and make it even more fun!