Here you'll find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help you keep up with what your child is doing on-line. The feed is updated often and is provided by Parent Info. You can access it at any time by going to 'Parents' and looking under 'Useful Links'. Parent Info is a collaboration between The Parent Zone, which has been providing information and support to parents for a decade, and CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency.
A new website, ‘parentINFO’, recently launched by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection unit) has a wealth of the most up to date information and advice for parents. Click on the logo above to visit the site. Technology changes so rapidly that keeping up with the best advice to protect our children can be difficult. ParentINFO will be constantly updated with advice about those new technologies. Please do take the time to visit the site so that your child remains safe when using the internet.
Alan MacKenzie is a specialist in e-safety and has an excellent website http://www.esafety-adviser.com/
His aim is to ensure children are protected as much as possible, not by wrapping them in cotton wool, but by providing a good education so that children can enjoy technology and the internet. He provides free half termly newsletters for parents, the latest is below. You can also download back copies from here.
We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people's development.
The UK Safer Internet Centre has a fantastic array of resources to support parents at home with on-line safety. With sections on safety tools for social networks, a parent's guide to technology, and setting up parental controls on your home internet, it really is worth a look.
We would always encourage you to talk openly with your child regarding staying safe on-line, particularly when your child begins to show an interest in social media. Thinkuknow is a good place to start a conversation, with a range of videos available to watch with your child and other useful tips for parents.
The NSPCC have launched a public education campaign called Share Aware, to help parents keep their children safe online. It is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 – the age at which children start doing more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices. The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.
Having conversations from a young age can help build trust and openness and get preventative messages across. The Share Aware campaign aims to give parents the tools to feel confident to have these conversations. The campaign 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.
There is also a downloadable guide and a hard copy booklet for parents, containing top tips for keeping children safe online, as well conversation starters to help parents have conversations with their children. All these resources are now available from Share Aware.