Childnet have produced an excellent 'Our Parents' and Carers' guide and has examples of questions you can use to start conversations around safe and positive internet use.Check it out at https://www.childnet.com
Amazon Alexa is one of the most widely known voice assistants in the world. It is used predominantly in smart speakers at home using artificial intelligence software. Check out the useful guide created by National Online Safety https://nationalonlinesafety.com
Lots of useful information for parents, carers and young people can be found at https://nationalonlinesafety.com/Online content - conversation starters and Protecting Personal data - what parents and carers need to know.
The Xbox has become one of the most recognised names in the gaming industry. Its current model, the Xbox One, is an all-in-one entertainment hub, offering much more than just the ability to game with internet access, streaming services and online chat features....
Triller is the latest video sharing app on the market which is quickly increasing in popularity. A similar concept to TikTok, the platform boasts some of the music industry’s biggest stars as users, including Justin Bieber, Rita Ora and Eminem, and recently announced...
This link will help to provide further support and guidance related to a vast variety of Apps and Social Media Platforms. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Trolling can take place on any platform. Whilst many celebrities and influencers tend to be high profile targets on social media, online trolls can direct their aggression at anyone online. They often send abusive or malicious messages, goading others to react and...
The use of webcams has become hugely popular since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Widely used on popular apps such as Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams, they provide users with the ability to take part in video calls and actually see who they’re speaking to....
What is personal information? Personal information is any information that can be used to identify your child. It includes obvious things like their name and email address, date of birth, or where they live. It can also include some less obvious things, like who their...
The internet can be a great way for adults and children to connect with friends, family and new people. An increasing amount of children and young people are using social media, gaming and live streaming apps to chat and share content with others. But connecting and...
Options for reporting or talking through online problems:
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. It is part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. Anybody with concerns that a pupil is being groomed or sexually exploited, including involvement in Sexting should contact them directly using the link below. I would strongly recommend that if possible you also contact Mr Lindsay or any member of the Safeguarding team here at Hurworth as we may need to make additional referrals to Children’s Services.
Childline Instant Help
The link provided below will take you to the Childline website where you can click the explore button to find out more about topics such as Cyber Bullying and Online and Mobile Safety. More importantly if you click on the 1 to 1 Chat Online link you can contact a Childline counsellor in a 1 to 1 online chat (like instant messenger) about any online problems. Childline state that no problem is too big or too small.
Here you can find the latest information on websites, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too with resources you can use at home or just to get yourself up to speed with the latest developments. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
Here you can find a parents\carers guide to safely to stream online and share images.
Internet Watch Foundation
If you have inadvertently stumbled across potentially illegal online content, specifically images of child sexual abuse, criminally obscene material or anything that incites racial hatred then please submit a report to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF works in partnership with the police, government, the online industry and the public to combat this type of material and you are helping to make the internet safer for all by taking this action.
Options for finding information about online safety guidance:
All the websites listed above have both reporting tools and sections of information and advice relating to e-safety. In addition to these you may find the following useful:
The Twitter feed from the CEOP website has many tweets with up to date information about online safety. It covers the type of current activity taking place not only across the UK but also specifically what is happening regionally.
Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.