Keeping our children safe in their use of social media and online behaviour
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Many teenagers will be attending their first big festival this summer and whilst personal safety might not be immediately on their mind, the Festival Safe website offers lots of very good information. This excellent resource includes information about the fun side, but also about alcohol and drugs, crime, what to do in an emergency and how to stay safe.
The website can be found here
Resources for Parents and Carers –
There are a number of excellent resources available for parents when they may need to speak to their child about social media or online activity:
Internet Safety Day 2019
This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.
The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces.
We want SID 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.
There is a range of resources for parent/carers available here
This has excellent checklists to consider with your child. A really good place to start is here
They offer advice on how to have a conversation
Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
Helpful links due to national trends in young people’s behaviour –
This website contains articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety:
Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP or click here
Helpful App for families – The Hub of Hope
The Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place.
Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help parents have conversations about online safety. Their booklet ‘Let’s talk about life online’ includes ten key messages that should be shared with children:
“You can always come to me if you need help.”
“What would you do if this happened…?”
“Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online.”
“Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too.”
“Be respectful to others online.”
“Think before you post.”
“Remember to ask if it’s okay.”
“Remember not everything is true online.”
“The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like.”
“Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to.”
The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found here