Online saftey tips for children
Do you know how to keep your children safe online?
Today technology plays a humongous role in our everyday lives for adults as well as our children. Technology is on a fast paced journey which is continually evolving and upgrading. This means that it is imperative that as adults we have all of the up to date knowledge so that we not only protect our children from harm but have the resources to teach them how to use technology in a safe manner. The list of technology that children have access to today is extensive, however; some examples include:
- The internet
- Gaming devices such as Xbox Live
- Tick Tock
Are you as parents in control?
It is vital that you are aware of the parental controls that must be put in place in order to protect our children. These enable you to restrict the settings of devices, the internet, Smart TV’s, APP’s and games. If you need more information on how to set parental controls please click the links or the image below.
Internet matters Parental controls– Free downloadable guides for how to turn on parental controls for all areas of technology. They are catagorised into the following areas:
- Gaming controls and platforms
- Social Media
- Broadband and mobile networks
- Entertainment and search engines
- Smartphones and other devices
Where can I find the most up to date information?
Click here to be taken to the Net Aware website where you can find out the latest information for many social networks, apps and games. It not only gives you a valuable description of what our children are using; but also provides official age ratings, risk factors and top tips on how to minimise these risks.
The National Online Safety website has many useful, easy accessible parental guides that can provide you with vital information about the technology that our children are using. Click here to be taken to their website.
Below are a selection of some of these parental guides.
- Apex Legends
- Call of Duty
- Fifa 2020
- Fortnite Chapter 2
- Fortnite Battle Royale
- Grand Theft Auto
- Hidden photo apps
- House Party
- Live me
- Live streaming
- Nintendo Switch
- Virtual Reality
- Youtube kids
How to talk to children about online safety?7 Questions
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The NSPCC website has lots of tips and advice on how to start a conversation with children about online safety click on their logo to be taken to their main web page. The NSPCC website also provides advice on the following:
- Starting a conversation
- Livestreaming and video apps
- Inappropriate or explicit content
- Online games
- Internet connected devices
- Parental controls
- Net aware
Internet Matters is committed to supporting families online. Here you can find age specific advice to support you and your child no matter of their age.
Thinknknow (click the logo)have created simple activities that you can do at home with your children. Please click on the age that is appropriate to you to be taken to the activity. As parents you can find out even more valuable information from their website. Click on age that you require to be taken to the activity.
Support from school
We are here to help! If you have any worries or concerns regarding your child’s E-Safety please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Safeguarding Team.