It can be difficult to now how to approach online safety with your teen. On this page you will find links to a number of guides for various different apps and topics around Online Safety. We would also suggest the following
- Ensure you have regular, open conversations around your teen’s online use
- Explore the use of parental controls so that if your teen wants to download an app they have to request permission. This allows you to then sit down together and discuss the pro’s and con’s as well as setting ground rules.
- Set screen time limits. Parental controls allow you to set limits on how long your teen can spend on different apps making sure this is manageable and not getting out of hand.
- Charge devices outside the bedroom. This allows your teen to switch off and improve the quality of their sleep without the distraction of being online.
- Plan time to sit down together and go through their contacts/friends/followers. Update and check security settings regularly and make sure accounts are set to private.
- Talk about what is shared online and what is appropriate. Far too many young people are sharing indecent images of themselves which can then be used to groom/blackmail them as well as being humiliating if they are then shared between their peers.
- Ensure they know how to block or report anyone who is being unkind/inappropriate and that they can speak to you if they need to. Try to remain calm and reassuring as mistakes are often made as we all navigate this online world.
- Talk to them about fake news and the reliability of sites/posts. So much of what is online isn’t reliable help them to question all aspects of their online world as nothing is ever quite as it seems.
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Useful e-safety Links for Pupils and Parents
This website has a lot of online resources that help with child exploitation and online protection (CEOP). It is targeted towards children ages 8-16, the site focuses on how to be safe, have fun and get rid of things you don’t want online. CEOP can help with identifying hazards online and helping to prevent the hazards that occur online. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you, let CEOP know.
The NSPCC is a national trust offering help to children online and domestically. They offer a wide range of supporters and guidance to children all across the UK. They provide help and the resources you need to live a happy, healthy life. They have an e-safety section where they offer knowledge about the dangers of e-safety and how to overcome the challenges we face online every day.
Stay safe online. This website informs you of the dangers that exist online. They give steps and instructions of how to adapt your internet experience to be the best and most pleasant that it can be. This gives you academical information that most e-safety websites don’t and its very useful if you’re not sure how to report or block an individual.
Their aim is to help make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. Find the latest information on the sites and services that you like to use, plus information about mobiles, gaming, downloading, social networking and much more. They provide top tips and do’s and don’ts about the online world.
It has information on specific apps and websites and a lot of useful information that relate to the app. If you are looking for advice on a specific app or website then you should use this. It has methods on how to block and report people or make a complaint on the app or website.
Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly. Need help with an online issue? Need to report something? Need help setting controls and privacy settings on a child’s device? Well look no further, internet matters have you covered.