Safer Internet Day 2017 took place on 7th February with the theme 'Be the change : unite for a better internet'.
Further information about the Safer Internet Centre is available. The Safer Internet Centre (SIC) work includes 4 key areas:
Further advice for keeping children safe online is available on the Thinkuknow website.
Cyberbullying guidance for parents is available on GOV.UK.
Resources to help parents ensure their children can get the most out of the Internet.
CEOP thinkuknow - Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
Sexting - Advice for parents about talking to your child about creating, sending or receiving explicit images.
Advice for parents about bullying online and through social networking websites or mobile phones.
A Digital Parenting website and magazines offer parents information and advice about the latest digital technologies and the kind of challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world. ‘How to’ guides and Take Action checklists will help you to stay up-to-date and feel more confident.
Keeping Children Safe Online - Social media apps; we are now living in age when the World Wide Web and access to unlimited information is at our fingertips. Increasingly children of all ages are using the internet for a variety of different reasons. Read more...
Parents missing vital information in online safety talks with children (from NSPCC Pro)
Primary school children mark privacy as top concern in online safety.
The NSPCC asked more than 600 primary school children what information they needed to stay safe online. More than 80% said online privacy settings on mobile apps and games was a topic they thought their parents should cover when talking about online safety.
Just over half (54%) opted for location settings, which can prevent sex offenders tracking children (link).
However, although 8 out of 10 parents said in a YouGov poll that they knew what to say to their child to keep them safe online, only 28% had actually mentioned privacy settings to them and just 20% discussed location settings (link).
Net Aware provides tools to tackle online safety concerns
Net Aware provides key tools needed to tackle issues surrounding online safety with their recently updated Net Aware guide, which includes information about popular social media sites and online platforms.
New sites are added to the guide, which many parents may not be familiar with, plus well-known games like Call of Duty that allows users to chat online.
The latest websites, apps and games featured in Net Aware were reviewed by a panel of parents and all were rated poorly in terms of how easy it was to change privacy settings, report concerns about abuse or bullying, and find safety advice (link).
Net Aware now covers a total of 60 social networking sites, apps and games popular with children and is free to access.
Launch of NSPCC Awareness Campaign on Child Online Safety
The NSPCC has launched a public education campaign, called Share Aware, to help parents keep their children safe online.
We know some parents feel confused by the Internet – out of their depth, and out of control. The Share Aware campaign aimed at parents of children aged 8-12 – to help to provide reassurance, information and resources to help keep children safe.
The Internet is a great place for children to be. Being Share Aware makes it safer.
The Share Aware campaign aims to give parents the tools to feel confident to start conversations with their children. The campaign also directs parents to a range of new resources, including Net Aware, a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use – as rated by parents and young people themselves.
CEOP thinkuknow- Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
Zipit App - Zipit is a free app for you which is designed to provide you with witty images to send in response to a request for explicit images, and advice on how to stay safe - for Android, Apple and BlackBerry smartphones (and iPod touch).
So you got naked online leaflet (PDF) - Find out more about how you can help yourself or your friend and perhaps get some advice and a plan for how to improve things.
According to the Mental Health Foundation only 20% of us manage to stick to New Year Resolutions. If you are one of the people that has already given up on the diet or the new exercise regime (or whichever hard to keep promise you made at the start of 2015) why not try these easier to stick to Digital Resolutions. They’re designed to help you and your family stay safer online and get the most out of technology this year.
Make friends good friends. Try to make 2015 the year to tidy up your online networks and subscriptions. Have you forgotten who half the people are on your Facebook page? Lost track of how many friends your children have online? Have a quick scroll through the names and ask your children to do the same. You might rediscover some people you want to make contact with and you might find there are one or two you’ve forgotten altogether!
Decide how much ‘digital off’ time your family is going to have. Even if you can only agree to have half an hour a day without technology or maybe half an hour a week it’s worth thinking about how you are going to create some time that isn’t dominated by electronic devices.
Control your email instead of it controlling you. Do you receive dozens of emails for random sites you signed up for and then forgot? Is your inbox like the back of your sock drawer - full of odds and ends that should be thrown away? Make this the year to tick the opt out box. Whenever you sign up for anything anywhere check to see if they are asking if they can send you email alerts. If you don’t think they will be really useful check the ‘no thank you’ box.
Ask your children who they talk to online, where they go and what they do. Resolve to do that at least once a week.
Keep on top of your settings. It isn’t a fun job but make 2015 the year you finally sit down with all of your tech and turn on the tools you want to use. Parental controls? SafeSearch? Purchasing Settings? Watch our how to films on You Tube for ideas about which ones are useful and how you can go about turning them on.