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Online Safety & Well-being

Listed below are some key resources for parents / carers related to online safety and well-being. They tie in with the awareness raising sessions that we run annually. 
 
We would also recommend further exploring the sites that host these resources, in particular Thinkuknow, The NSPCC, InternetMatters.org and The UK Safer Internet Centre.
 
Screen time
 
Guidance from expert institutions:
Resources for managing device screen time:
Online Safety
How Appropriate Different Apps, Games and Other Media are for Children
  • The NSPCC has developed the Net Aware site, which provides minimum age recommendations for apps, reasons why children and young people like and dislike them and indicates what the level of risk is that a child will encounter a range of inappropriate material.
  • For information about online gaming and what is and is not appropriate for primary aged children, visit this page from the video standards council, and the AskAboutGames website.
  • Common Sense Media, a US based nonprofit organisation, reviews a range of media (including apps and movies) and makes recommendations regarding movies and TV shows with positive messages and impact, and apps that are best suited to children and young people.
Indecent Imagery
  • Make a report to the IWF (the Internet Watch Foundation) - report indecent or illegal imagery in order that the IWF can co-ordinate it's removal by one of the companies which co-operate with them (such as Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Cisco, etc.).
Parental Controls resources - filter what your child can access via the Internet:
Safe and Appropriate Sharing Tips for Parents / Carers
Cyber-bullying
  • Children should know that they should record evidence of cyber-bullying if possible, by taking screenshots and not deleting unkind messages.
  • They should also not respond to unkind messages online, but rather block or unfriend perpetrators, and talk to a trusted adult about what is going on.
  • Children who witness cyber-bullying are encouraged to be "upstanders" and encourage victims to speak to a trusted adult, or to do so on their behalf. They can be a good friend, by being kind and finding things to do together offline.
  • Children who limit the time they spend online, and find interests or hobbies that become a source of self esteem will tend to be more resilient and have less of a desire for affirmation from their online accounts. 
Children should be familiar with the Childline.org.uk website as a source of support for any situation that they feel they cannot manage alone, should they ever feel that a trusted adult is not available to them.
 
They can either call 0800 1111, or chat online via the Childline website.
 
We encourage parents/carers with questions or concerns to speak to one of the online safety officers (Mr. A Ross, Miss C Davis).