Internet safety - where do we start?
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children`s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline.
What children need to know about online bullying?
With the threat of offenders using online live streaming platforms increasing there is a need to educate children about the associated risks. #WhoIsSam is a short animation that highlights the importance of parents and carers talking openly to their children about:
- Being safe online
- Healthy relationships
- Speaking out if anything happens online that worries them or doesn’t feel right
Parental controls are the names for a group of settings that put you in control of what content your child can see. Combined with privacy settings these can help you protect your children from the things they shouldn't see or experience online.
YouTube safety factsheet
These tips will help you to set rules for your child about accessing videos on the internet and their online behaviour, and support them to understand the risks and what to do if something happens.
Momo is a sinister challenge that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the suicide killer game, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly) YouTube Kids.
MOMO - Online Safety-Guide for Parents
Tik-Tok Parents Guide
Information for children
Using the internet at home is different to using the internet at school. At school we have special filters that make searching for things safe and you may not have these on your home computers. Here are some ways to keep you safe on the internet.
Think SMART and follow these rules when using the internet (Taken from KidsSmart).
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you're chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents or carers permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it?s best to only chat to your real world friends and family
Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Child Safety Online:
A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Parents are being urged to familiarise themselves with the signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE) as part of the It's not okay campaign. CSE is a priority for all local safeguarding children boards in the region and the It's not okay website and campaign has been put together by Project Phoenix – a unique collaboration of public and third sector partners throughout Greater Manchester including Tameside Council.
Useful information on spotting the signs of CSE and getting help can be found here – www.itsnotokay.co.uk/parents/
The key message to remember is that child sexual exploitation is NEVER the young person's fault. Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate their victims.