Technology moves at lightning speed and looks set to continue transforming our lives. New gadgets, websites and apps appear every day and, with children going online at an earlier age and spending increasing amounts of time in their digital world, challenges can arise. It’s not surprising that some parents feel overwhelmed at times, trying to encourage, protect and give their children access to the tools and knowledge available – be they toddlers or teens.
Vodafone's Digital Parenting Website and Magazine is a free publication to assist parents in protecting their children from online threats.
The link below takes you to the website where you have access to both the site and the magazines. These offer parents information and advice about the latest digital technologies and the kind of challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world. They have 'Expert View' articles and 'How To' guides, the 'Take Action' checklist will help you to stay up to date and feel more confident about geting involved.
Help your child stay safe
A stranger has asked to meet you or do something that makes you feel uncomfortable online then you can report it by clicking this link https://www.ceop.police.uk/Ceop-Report/
Staying safe online and Digital Parenting
In this current world of social media and advanced technology it is increasingly important that pupils and parents know how to stay safe on line. It is also important to be aware of current technology. Please click here to view the latest letter that was sent home regarding staying safe online. Below is an electronic version of the Digital Parenting Magazine that you can read or download. Also below is a copy of the Moshi Monsters Web Super Skills booklet that some of your younger children might find useful. Again, this contains information about staying safe online and what kind of information you should and should not share with online friends.
Mayfield College are running a programme of lessons to raise awareness of E-safety and they will be looking at topics such as: How to stay safe online, Cyber bullying and the safe use of mobile phones. If you would like more information and resources regarding E-safety please click here to be taken to the Lancashire Esafety website.
Please see the attached magazine for your information. The magazine includes really useful information including articles such as 'Cyberbullying - what you need to know', 'How to make social networking safer' and ' Top apps for 4-8 year olds'.
NSPCC online safety
Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks like cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.
NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to give you everything you need to know about keeping children safe online.
Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.
It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.
And if you’re ever worried about something, you can call the online safety helpline on 0808 8005002. Sometimes it’s easier to talk things through.
Other Useful Sites for Information
Thinkuknow provides some Online Safety family activities with videos, activity sheets, online safety actions and fun family tasks. They have been developed for Early Years, Primary and Secondary aged pupils.
There are Parents and Carers resources for Primary and Secondary pupils. These contain key online safety advice and links to resources as well as support services.
https://www.internetmatters.org/ - – a not-for-profit organisation set up to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world. Their support for parents includes a range of downloadable guides covering subjects such as transition to secondary school, Vlogging & livestreaming, online gaming and cyberbullying.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ - includes a range of resources to help parents keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
https://parentinfo.org/ - from CEOP and Parent Zone, Parent Info is a website for parents covering all of the issues amplified by the internet. It is a free service which helps schools engage parents with expert safety advice, endorsed by the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command. This website provides expert information across a range of online harms.
https://parentzone.org.uk/parents - offers a range of resources for families, to help them meet the challenges of the digital age, including parent guides on the latest digital trends and platforms.
This is the Lancashire Website which we use in school
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We will be taking part in this as a school and would like your support to get involved.