Keeping Children Safe Online

The majority of information on the net about Esafety is tailored either for children and young people or parents and careers. Professionals should find these links helpful to either support or signpost children and families with regards to keeping children safe online.

Online Learning Module for Professionals

Keeping learners safe - Module 4 - Online Safety for practitioners

Resources for children, parents and carers

A full range of resources and information for children, parents and carers can be found on the following links below:

So You Got Naked Online - A leaflet resource created by SWGfL and UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) with help and advice for young people who find themselves in a situation where they or a friend have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over who it's being shared with.

Social networks checklists - This resource contains a series of handy checklists for using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat safely. The checklists were created by the Professionals Online Safety Helpline, operated by South West Grid for Learning on behalf of the UK Safer Internet Centre.

A parent and carer’s guide to age ratings of apps and games - This article explores some of the challenges faced by parents and carers around appropriate ages for gaming and apps. It will help parents find out more about game ratings and where to get further help and support.  It provides background to the topic followed by a series of useful hints and tips. Parents and carers will find links to helpful sites and resources alongside a range of practical suggestions and ideas to aid discussions with children.

A parent and carer’s guide to Google Safe Search and YouTube Safety Mode - This resource will help parents and carers find out more about using Google ‘safe search’ and YouTube ‘safety mode’ and where to get further help and support.

A parent and carer’s guide to talking to your child about staying safe online - This article explores ways in which parents and cares can begin and maintain the lines of communication with their children.

A parent and carer’s guide to using safety features built into smart TVs and on-demand streaming services

A parent and carer’s guide to sharing information and images online

Your Child’s Online World - A Guide for Parents - This booklet offers some simple guidance about the risks your child might face online, some advice about what you can do to keep them safe, and where you can go for more help and support.

Playlists for parents and carers

Sharing Images – A Playlist for parents and carers - This resource discusses the possible risks a child or young person may encounter and provide guidance on how to prevent and deal with these situations

Fact or Fiction: Don’t be fooled online for parents and carers - This is to help learners recognise, identify and understand the difference between factual and fictitious online information.

How to keep myself safe online for parents and carers - This resource explores how to stay safe online, including advice on choosing safe passwords and what to consider when accessing and sharing content online.

Online bullying for parents and carers - This resource explores the complexities of online bullying, including how it affects both the person being bullied and the person doing the bullying

Online friendships for parents and carers - This resource  includes support on how to tell the difference between an online and a ‘real’ friend, what to do if someone is mean or unkind online and what to do is someone online wants to meet up in the real world.

Screen time overload for parents and carers - This resource provides some useful activities and suggestions on talking about screen time, what the experts say and the symptoms of excessive screen time.

Other resources

Meic is the national advocacy, information and advice helpline for children and young people in Wales aged 0 to 25. Young people can access the free and confidential service by phone (080880 23456), text (84001), instant messenger (www.meiccymru.org) or email. 

Childnet International - ‘Working in partnership to help make the internet a safe place for children’. A wide range of resources is available to support online safety for professionals, young people, parents and carers.

There are a wide range of resources on this website, e.g.

Gaming – online gaming resources, guidance, leaflets and films -

Common Sense Media - Common Sense Media provides independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection -CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and works to pursue and prosecute child sex offenders. The website enables the reporting of online sexual abuse or concerns about online communication.

Think You Know - ‘Thinkuknow’ is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command

‘Thinkuknow’ aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.  It provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.

Internet Watch Foundation - An organisation that minimises the availability of online sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world.  The majority of their work focuses on the removal of child sexual abuse images and videos.

Safer internet centre - The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities with a mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people. – Internet Watch Foundation, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and Childnet international. The UK Safer Internet Centre provides e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

NSPCC

Guidance and resources are available from NSPCC for parents, carers and schools to help keep children stay safe online:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

NSPCC ChildLine - Online and Mobile Safety - https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/

NSPCC Online games: helping children to play safe online:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-games-helping-children-play-safe/

Childline

‘ChildLine’ provides a wide range of online and mobile safety resources