Online Safety

Using parental controls

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. Find out more by reading the full article on Think-U-Know

Live streaming: responding to the risks

Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. This article from Think-U-Know 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. Find out more by reading this article from Think-U-Know.  

Keeping your under 5s safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. This article looks at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and shares advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online. With over 50% of 3-4 year olds spending an average of 8 hours online a week it is important to consider how to keep your child safe online.  This article outlines the benefits of their online life as well as some top tips for supporting them. Find out more in the article from Think-U-Know here

The UK Safer Internet Centre’s Parents Guide to Harry Potter Wizard’s Unite

The UK Safer Internet Centre have published their Parents and Carer’s Guide to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Their guide explains to parents and carers what the game is about, who it is suitable for, key things to know and the UK Safer Internet Centre‘s advice about how to approach the game with your young person.  Their advice centres on having an open conversation with you young person around the game rather than banning it! You can find out even more from the official Harry Potter Wizards Unite site too.

Gaming: What parents and carers need to know

A new blog post by CEOP on the think-u-know website highlights all that parents need to know to keep their children safe from online predators in online games during the long summer break ahead of us. The article carefully explains the issues and risks around unmoderated game chat and in-game gifting, as well as offering some top tips for parents to help keep their children safe whilst gaming. Take a look yourself by clicking HERE!  

The SWGfL asks ‘Should young people be left to their own devices at school?’

SWGfL are asking ‘Should young people be left to their own devices at school?’ in their latest article by David Wright, the Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre.  David presents data from the SWGfL’s recent annual assessment report, drawn from 14,000 schools, which highlights the management of mobile devices as an inconsistent aspect of Online Safety in Schools.

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