Parents’ Internet Safety
There are a number of useful websites which provide parents with information on how to keep your child safe online. This can range from guidance on social networking apps from the NSPCC to guides on parental controls for Internet Service Providers or your child’s games consoles.
We have outlined below a number of useful links to help you deal with some of these issues.
Parental Controls for Internet Access at Home
The links below will direct you to some of the parental controls available for some of the biggest Internet service providers.
Parental Controls for Games Consoles
The links below will direct you to some of the parental controls available for the most popular games consoles.
Websites for Support and Advice
The NSPCC website provides a host of information to help you keep your children safe online. We have provided the link to the main Online Safety section of their website, but if you check out the ‘Preventing Abuse’ tab on the page, there is lots of specific information on topics including social networking, sexting and child grooming.
Don’t forget, the NSPCC have also created an app which can be downloaded to help parents better understand some of the social networking apps that children use and assess how risky they are. Search the app store for ‘NetAware‘.
The NSPCC also have an Online Safety Helpline for online safety advice from social networks to setting up parental controls. The number is 0808 800 5002.
A private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. There is a lot of information on their website about child safety, including cyber-bullying, and sexting.
The number for ChildLine is 0800 1111.
If you have concerns that your child has been the subject of inappropriate sexual contact or approached by another person, it’s vital that you report it to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
Other Useful Links
A non-profit organisation with advice to teachers as well as parents and carers with the aim of making the Internet safer for children.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping children thrive in a world of media and technology. It aims to empower parents, teachers and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force.
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible digital citizens.
Family Lives is a national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. Advice can be found on their website about cyber-bullying, sexting, grooming and other online risks.
An Internet portal which aims to direct parents and carers to credible information on how to keep children safe online.
South West Grid for Learning
The South West Grid for Learning provides a number of e-safety resources which can be downloaded for free, including online safety checklists for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat as well as advice on what to do if a child has got naked online.
Stop It Now!
Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a child sexual abuse prevention campaign.
Think U Know
Think U Know is a website set up by the Police which aims to give parents and young people advice about a number of child safety issues. From their home page there are sections for children of varying age groups as well as teachers and parents/carers.
XXX Aware is designed to provide practical help and advice to parents on protecting children from viewing explicit adult videos and images online.
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