There are lots of great things to do on the Internet from playing games, looking for something for school, listening to music, watching video clips or just looking for cool stuff. But you also need to know how to stay safe online and what to do if you come across something you don't like. On this page you can find websites to help your children stay safe online as well as links to information for parents and carers.
Over the last 12 months there has been an increase in the number of schools reporting that students, while at home, have accessed content which is not always appropriate, some of which has been quite scary or upsetting. While there is no perfect way to eliminate this risk, there are things parents and carers can do to support their children online, reduce the risk or manage it after the fact. Here are some of the practical steps parents and carers can follow:
It's important to remember that no filters or controls are 100% effective so make sure your child knows that they can, and should, talk to someone if they see or hear anything upsetting online so we can offer them some reassurance. This information from Thinkuknow might be useful https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Im-worried-my-primary-aged-child-might-see-something-inappropriate-online/
Parent's guide to Online Safety Session by Dan Hawbrook:
We recently ran a live stream on YouTube for parents around online safety and keeping their children safe this can be viewed here at parent's leisure: Parent's guide to Online Safety Session
Dan looks at the positive sides of the internet, negative parts, popular apps what they are and how to keep your children safe on them. Techniques used in grooming, sending nudes and agencies that can offer support and help. It is worth a watch for all parents any feedback they have is gratefully received also. Please distribute to parents so they are aware of this fantastic session.
5, 6 or 7? This website has been set up just for you, to help you go on the internet in a safe way and know who to talk to if you are worried.
Showing you what's good, look at what’s not and show you ways you can get yourself out of bad situations.
Includes interactive clips from Tracy Beaker, a Newsround Special and Dongle's Guide to be SMART.
Gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online. There’s a section for kids under 11 years old and a separate section for those over 11 years old.
Test your knowledge of internet safety with this quiz from CBBC Newsround. There’s also further information if you’re not sure on anything.