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Parental Controls Booklet
- Receive a fortnightly #OnlineSafetyAtHome email with new home activity packs. Each pack will contain simple 15-minute activities you can do at home with your child using our Thinkuknow resources. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets
- Thinkuknow Parents Helpsheets
- Thinkuknow website for guidance and support with keeping children safe online.
- ClickCEOP – This provides children with a direct route to report online sexual abuse if they feel they do not have a trusted adult to go to.
Parent’s Guide to tech
From laptops to mobile phones to smart TVs, this link will give you lots of guidance and help in choosing what to purchase and what you need to be aware of:
Keeping children safe online over the holidays
No doubt you’ll be working with a young person who has asked for some form of internet-enabled tech for Christmas.
Check out ThinkuKnow for tips on how you can make sure that young people are safer online, over the Christmas period and beyond.
What parents can do:
- The Internet of Things: 9 ways of making your connected home more secure
- Seasonal Netiquette: 5 new parenting rules for screen time and tech when families gather (Parent Info)
Fortnite continues to remain ever popular with nearly 250 million players! Fortnite is rated PEGI 12 for frequent mild violence which means it is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age. The following links will provide you with further information about this game:
Does your child use YouTube? Here are some hints and tips on how to keep them safe whilst using it:
There are many organisations set up to provide you or your child with advice should you need it. Hereare just some of the organisations that can help you:
ChildLine: Call 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk/
NSPCC: Call 0808 800 5000 https://www.nspcc.org.uk
Samaritans: Call 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org/
Bullying UK: Call 0808 800 2222 https://www.bullying.co.uk/
Where to report?
Report Harmful Content: Reporting centre designed to assist everyone in reporting harmful content online. https://reportharmfulcontent.online/
Internet Watch Foundation: You can report sexual images of under 18s online directly to the Internet Watch Foundation. https://www.iwf.org.uk/
CEOP: If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating online. https://www.ceop.police.uk/safetycentre
Five articles to share
Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.
Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. Our article helps parents to protect their child while staying social.
Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.
Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. Our article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.
Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.
Our school is committed to educating children to create digital citizens who contribute to the online world in a positive and considerate way. Here are some resources and links to websites that maybe of interest to you.
You can find some practical guidance for parents and carers whose children are using social media by clicking here.
Facebook is the most popular Social Networking site on the internet. It was launched in 2004 and has an estimated 1.94 billion users. You can find more information about how protect yourself online, how to report issues and how to deactivate your account here.
Instagram is photograph and video sharing application and is particularly popular with children and teenagers. For further guidance of how you can stay safe when using Instagram, how to report any issues or how to deactivate your account click here. Internet Matters also include a ‘how to’ guide for parents, click here to access it.
Misical.ly allows users to create, share and discover new videos. It allows users to create short videos of them dancing, performing or lip-syncing to music and share them online via their app. As with other social media sites users can set their profiles to private or public. You can access more information about musical.ly by clicking here.
Snapchat is a messenger app that allows you to send photos, videos, text and drawings. The unique feature of Snapchat is that the message only stays on the recipient’s phone for a matter of seconds. Further guidance on where to find privacy settings, report abuse and deactivate your account can be found here.
Whatsapp is a free messenger app that enables users to send messages, images, video and audio using the internet and is popular amongst children. Further information on how to restrict access to whatsapp can be found here.
Online gaming has changed the gaming world for our children, they can now play against other gamers at any time. This world can be scary for parents who don’t necessarily access these games themselves. Practical advice for parents can be found here.
It is worth noting that games are subject to similar age ratings as films are. The system for rating games is called the PEGI rating, we would encourage you to familiarise yourself with these ratings which can be found here.
Roblox is becoming an increasingly popular gaming site for children & teenagers. This site is a ‘user-generated’ site, meaning all of the games on the site have been created by users themselves. They have produced a parent’s guide with tips for keeping children safe while using Roblox – this is available here.
Minecraft is another site that is hugely popular with children and teenagers alike but do you know your ‘Griefers’ from your ‘Creepers’? The NSPCC has produced a helpful guidance tool to familiarise parents with the different elements of the game and advise how to protect your children when they are playing, this is available here.
There may be occasions where you need to report incidents that happen while online, this could be due to online bullying or another form of abuse. If you need to make a report to CEOP (who are a command of the National Crime Agency) this can be done here:
If you need to report something to a social networking site or a gaming provider, this could be due to inappropriate language being used on a site you can find the contact details of most of the popular social media and gaming providers by clicking here.
Further Support & Guidance
Parent Zone, a not-for-profit organisation, offers Parents information to help understand the digital world and raise resilient children: http://www.parentzone.org.uk/
Parent/Carer support from the UK Safer Internet Centre: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers
Childnet, provides information and advice for parents and carer, including a printable sheet available in 12 languages: www.childnet.com/resources/supporting-young-people-online
Want to speak to an expert?
Childline and O2 have teamed up to offer a free helpline for parents for any queries you may have regarding online activity, this could just be simple queries about online gaming or parental controls. The free phone number is 0808 800 5002.
The whole school enjoyed an anti-bullying play. Y6 were lucky to then take part in a workshop focusing on cyber bullying.
Knowsley – a place to be yourself
Knowsley has launched an anti-bullying campaign in all schools across the borough.
Posters are on display and postcards will be handed out to pupils to raise awareness of the issue of bullying while ensuring pupils know Knowsley is a safe place – a ‘place to be yourself’.
It’s important our children are confident to stand-up to bullying, which can be verbal, physical or cyber-bullying. Anyone affected by bullying is urged to speak to a member of staff at school, ring the School Inclusion Team on 443 5137 or report it to Bullybusters on 0800 169 6928.
The campaign is part of Knowsley’s Anti-Bullying Strategy, which sets out how the borough is a safe place for our children and young people, achieved through joint working with the council, partners and the community.
To find more, or for help and advice, visit www.bullybusters.org.uk
Please follow the link below to the Anti-bullying Alliance
On their website they have advice and information for children, parents and carers.
Think u Know – A website for parents, children and teachers with games and information about e-safety.
Child net – Giving information and advice about e-safety and how to report abuse.
Kidsmart – A website with information, videos and games on e-safety for children and parents.
Digizen – Giving Internet Social Networking Advice and guidence for young people, parents and teachers
Hectors World – Game for children giving advice on how to be safe online
The Dangers of Selfies – Video aimed at parents highlighting the dangers of taking ‘selfies’
Nude Selfies – A video about nude selfies
Share Aware – Informing parents about social networks and the potential risks for children
eSafety Parents Letter
Your child’s online world: A guide for parents
Speak Out, Stay Safe with Buddy: school council pack
A Parents Guide to Cyberbullying
A Parents Guide to Facebook
A Parents Guide to Google+
A Parents Guide to Instagram
A Parents Guide to Snapchat