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.
Mayfield College runs 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.
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
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.
http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/ -This is the Lancashire Website which we use in school
http://www.saferinternet.org/safer-internet-day-We will be taking part in this as a school and would like your support to get involved.
https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/resource-centre- provides a host of information and resocurces for parents
Please see the safety cards below which give information on how to block and report people on a range of social media app.