Online Safety for the Summer
Online Safety over the summer holidays
We are aware that as the summer holidays approach, children may be spending more time online. To support your child’s safety online we have looked at a number of weblinks that may help in the forthcoming weeks. We have divided the information into common problems and provided resources that can help keep parents informed. The categories include;
- Keeping your child safe online
- Keeping up to date with the latest apps
- Applying parental controls to digital devices, gaming consoles and social media
- Reporting issues to social media sites
- Gaming – what parents need to know
Keeping your child safe online
Thinkuknow have produced a helpful resource to help keeping your child safe online while they are off school. For your convenience we have attached this PDF file to the email.
Keeping up to date with the latest apps.
If you’re concerned about keeping up-to-date with the latest apps your child has been using, NSPCC's Net Aware provides simple guides for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games. Simply type in the app you wish to review in the search bar and the website will provide you with useful information to help parents make an informed decision.
Internet Matters.org have produced excellent resources on setting up parental controls in a step by step format. Simply click on the links below to explore ways in which parents can set up parental controls on digital devices and popular social media apps. Each circular icon that is loaded represents a guide and can be accessed by simply clicking on the icon.
Parental controls on; Smartphones and other devices
Parental controls on; Entertainment and search engines
Parental controls on; Broadband and mobile networks
Parental controls on; Social media
Parental controls on; Gaming console
Reporting to social media sites
At times, students may post information they regret. The easiest way to deal with this is for them to delete it from their account immediately. If another user has posted about your child which causes concern or upset, websites and social media sites offer users a way of reporting. If you click on the following link you will be presented with a comprehensive list of guidance and ways of reporting to sites. It is important to remember that making a report does not always mean the content will be removed. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Reporting-to-social-media-sites-/
Gaming: What parents need to know.
Thinkuknow have produced some useful guidelines on online gaming for young people.
On the right of the weblink above you will also find a section on ‘finding appropriate games for you child’ with a link to the ‘Video Standards Council Rating Board’ website which allows you to search a game to review a breakdown of the content. You can also access this website by clicking on this link; https://videostandards.org.uk/RatingBoard/
We hope that these resources will help you to monitor your child’s online activities and keep them safe in a digitally changing world.