As children spend more and more time online, it is increasingly important that parents and carers understand the importance of a safe online environment. There are many risks associated with being online and parents and carers should set age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices and use internet filters to block malicious websites. These are usually free, but often need to be turned on.
The following sites contain useful resources to support parents and carers to keep their children safe online:
- support for parents and carers to keep children safe online, which outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to find support and advice
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
- https://actearly.uk/ With more time at home and online there is a concern that young people may get drawn into looking at extremist web sites. Safer Internet week is one good opportunity to get information out via the usual school communications to parents about preventing extremism and what to be aware of e.g. Act Early includes information on spotting the signs, real stories, how to get help.
Children, teachers, parents and carers can raise any safeguarding concerns in relation to remote online education by emailing or phoning the school office on 01425 273029 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask to speak to a member of the Leadership Team.
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