Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.
Remote Learning Advice
The National Online Safety website has produced a number of very useful guides. Below are a small selection of the guides we think you will find useful during this time:
Remote Learning Guides
Electronic communication systems such as social networks, blogs, mobile phones, and email have become increasingly important in our daily lives and often have important benefits but, as we all know, there are also risks to be considered.
Access to the Internet can take place almost anywhere at anytime and it is important that students, teachers, and parents are aware of the risks and know how to use modern technologies appropriately and are able to discuss the issues in school, at home, and between friends, and what actions to take when something goes wrong.
Below you will find weblinks, documents and information about online safety so you can decide what is right for your family when using the Internet and associated technologies.
Cyberbullying is bullying and harassment using technology.
This includes trolling, mobbing, stalking, grooming or any form of abuse online.
Parent Zone are the experts in digital family life. We provide support and information to parents, children and schools, working globally to help families to navigate the internet safely and confidently.
E-Safety: Support for Parents and Carers
Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
E-Safety: Support for Students
Educators, social workers and other professionals working with children and young people play a key role in supporting children
to learn about how to stay safe online.
E-Safety: Support for Staff
Parent E-Safety Update
NSPCC online safety webpage
A selection of useful guides for online safety from the National Online Safety website
Keeping Young Children Safe Online (UK Safer Internet Centre) - A useful eSafety Guide for parents
BBC Webwise is part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety
Avoiding Ratting - Remote Access Trojans
The Digizen website - "This provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital Citizens"
A guide from Google to show parents how they can protect your family online
YouTube Safety Centre
The Cybersmile Foundation website (The Cyberbullying Charity)
"The Parents Guide to Technology from the UK Safer Internet Centre has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly"
How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre)
The parents section of the Know IT All website. The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies
Webcam safety- BBC Webwise
Child Safety Online Overview (Knowthenet)
Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying
A Parents' Guide to Instagram