Online Safety - Parents
We hope you will find the selection of information, videos, top tips and downloads (at the bottom of this page) we have gathered together here will help you and your family in safe internet use.
We have added links to home activity packs, differentiated by age, which you can explore as a family and keep the conversation going about online safety at home, especially as we are currently utilising technology to deliver online content from school.
To the right we have subscribed to a live feed from Parent Info, a joint collaboration between the National Crime Agency concerned with Online Safety and Parent Zone, who offer support and understanding of the digital world. We hope their articles will prove interesting and informative and provide up-to-date news on online safety issues of interest to parents.
Below is an information video from ThinkUKnow about staying safe whilst using technology at home. TUK also have a whole website area full of tips, information and videos for parents when thinking about online safety at home. These can be found by clicking here (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/).
General Help: Below are some videos from Internet Matters regarding settings on devices being used by children. www.internetmatters.org also offers a wealth of other internet safety resources.
Concerns regarding the use of TikToc (formerly Musical.ity)
Concerns regarding the use of Robolox
Concerns regarding the use of Snapchat
Click on any of the images below for specific advice on settings within these websites/apps:
Office of eSafety Commission: a list of how to report and how to put settings on a wide range of live streaming apps, from A - Z (or AirG to YouTube):
General advice and resources from Google - Internet Legends
Google Safety Centre - advice on your browser settings
Searching for images safely – Picsearch has a family friendly policy
Parental Controls Interactive Guide by internetmatters.org
Parental controls by saferinternet.org.uk
Who to contact if you are worried:
Who can I contact if I am troubled by something I have seen on the internet?
Click this CEOP icon (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) to connect directly with the National Crime Agency and report an incident:
St James' has it own reporting system called Whisper, where you can email or text concerns to members of staff who are responsible for child safeguarding within school. Reports can be anonymous if you choose.
At St James' we take all aspects of the children's safety very seriously and this includes teaching them to use the internet appropriately, both at school and at home. As a London Grid for Learning school, we have access to many eSafety resources targeted specifically for children and their families, to inform on the many aspects of safety that come with the use of all technology that is capable of connecting with the internet. Why not logon (using your child's My USO logon sent home by letter) to LGFL's Cyberpass section. There are informative videos and tips and quizzes to test your knowledge.
Childnet International has produced guidance for parents and carers on looking after the digital wellbeing of children and young people, which you may find useful and want to share with your parents/carers and/or put on your school’s website. The guidance includes having an awareness of how being online can make children and young people feel, and how they can look after themselves and others when online. The guidance is about how children and young people are interacting with the internet; top tips to support young people at this age; and ideas to help start a conversation about digital wellbeing. The guidance is age specific, click on the age range below to be linked to information that is specific for that age band.
A booklet produced by the Children's Commissioner highlights the importance of balance of digital use for children and sets out a framework known as the 'Digital 5 a Day'. Click the coloured chart on the left to see a full copy of the guidelines.
Links to sites with general tips and resources on internet use
backgroundchecks.org called Concerned Parents Toolbox
Game reviews and their suitability for children at commonsensemedia.org.
Sign up to the NSPCC icebreaker email series - become an expert on your child's online world in 6 weeks.
Net Aware, a simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games.
A large resource of eSafety topics and links provided by London Grid for Learning parent support.
Advice on Cyberbullying:
Useful guidance from internetmatters.org
A range of concerns addressed regarding bullying at Bullying.uk
Informative Video Links: