Safer Internet Use

Safer Internet Day 2019this external link will open in a new window will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 5th February 2019 with the theme “Together for a better internet”.

Last year Safer Internet Day was the biggest yet! With more than a thousand organisations and schools across the UK getting involved to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. 

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Further information about the Safer Internet Centrethis external link will open in a new window is available. The Safer Internet Centre (SIC) work includes 4 key areas:

  • cyberbullying guidance for schools with regional events
  • additional educational multimedia resources for PSHE lessons
  • funding for a helpline for reporting online criminal content
  • a series of online safety briefing events

Further advice for keeping children safe online is available on the Thinkuknow website. external link will open in a new window - To help parents ensure their children stay safe online whilst getting to explore and discover new things we’ve pulled together a list of our resources you can access for free which provide information and advice for parents about internet safety.

Cyberbullying guidance for parents is available on GOV.UK.

Resources to help parentsthis external link will open in a new window ensure their children can get the most out of the Internet.

CEOP thinkuknowthis external link will open in a new window - Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.

Sextingthis external link will open in a new window - Advice for parents about talking to your child about creating, sending or receiving explicit images.

Advice for parents about bullying online and through social networking websites or mobile phones.

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A Digital Parenting website and magazinesthis external link will open in a new window offer parents information and advice about the latest digital technologies and the kind of challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world. ‘How to’ guides and Take Action checklists will help you to stay up-to-date and feel more confident. 


Parents missing vital information in online safety talks with children (from NSPCC Pro)

Primary school children mark privacy as top concern in online safety.

The NSPCC asked more than 600 primary school children what information they needed to stay safe online. More than 80% said online privacy settings on mobile apps and games was a topic they thought their parents should cover when talking about online safetythis external link will open in a new window.

Just over half (54%) opted for location settings, which can prevent sex offenders tracking children (link)this external link will open in a new window.

However, although 8 out of 10 parents said in a YouGov poll that they knew what to say to their child to keep them safe online, only 28% had actually mentioned privacy settings to them and just 20% discussed location settings (link)this external link will open in a new window

Net Aware provides tools to tackle online safety concerns

Net Aware provides key tools needed to tackle issues surrounding online safety with their recently updated Net Aware guidethis external link will open in a new window, which includes information about popular social media sites and online platforms.

New sites are added to the guide, which many parents may not be familiar with, plus well-known games like Call of Duty that allows users to chat online.

The latest websites, apps and games featured in Net Awarethis external link will open in a new window were reviewed by a panel of parents and all were rated poorly in terms of how easy it was to change privacy settings, report concerns about abuse or bullying, and find safety advice (link)this external link will open in a new window.

Net Awarethis external link will open in a new window now covers a total of 60 social networking sites, apps and games popular with children and is free to access. 

Launch of NSPCC Awareness Campaign on Child Online Safety

The NSPCC has launched a public education campaign, called Share Aware, to help parents keep their children safe online.

We know some parents feel confused by the Internet – out of their depth, and out of control. The Share Aware campaign aimed at parents of children aged 8-12 – to help to provide reassurance, information and resources to help keep children safe.

The Internet is a great place for children to be. Being Share Aware makes it safer.

The Share Aware campaign aims to give parents the tools to feel confident to start conversations with their children. The campaign also directs parents to a range of new resources, including Net Aware, a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use – as rated by parents and young people themselves.

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