The internet is an exciting and fun place for adults and children to use and explore educationally and socially. The challenge for parents, carers and teachers is to make sure our children are aware and understand how to be safe when using the internet and related technologies.
We have put together some websites and resources for you to look at to help keep your children safe when online.
ShareAware: The internet is a great place for children to be and ShareAware makes it safer. ShareAware provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice to help untangle the web and empowers parents and carers to have conversations with their children about staying safe online and through social media.
NetAware: Net Aware is an online tool that informs parents about the social networks, apps and games that children might be using. We looked at the frequency of inappropriate content, how robust and easy to find the privacy settings are, and why children like using the sites. We regularly update Net Aware with new apps, and parents can sign up to Net Aware newsletters to keep up with digital trends.
NSPCC/O2 Online Safety Helpline: This helpline provides practical, technical advice including parental controls on electronic devices, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks, and information about online gaming.
Childnet International: www.childnet.com
Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org
Vodaphone Digital Parenting: www.vodaphone.com/content/parents
Commonsense media: www.commonsensemedia.org
Windows Family Safety: http:/familysafety.live.com
UK Safer internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk
BBC website: www.bbc.co.uk/webwise