Online Safety

February 2021 - At Churchward School, we will be celebrating Safer Internet Day this week. It’s celebrated across the globe, with thousands of young people joining in across the UK to explore how they can use the internet responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to focus on online safety with your child – whether that’s trying out some of the learning activities in this pack, asking about what they like to do online or using their favourite app or game with them. You could support the day on social media, tell other friends and family about the day, or ask your child for their best tips for staying safe online. Find out more here: saferinternetday.org.uk

At Churchward School we believe that learning about staying safe online is very important. We make sure all our students are aware of risks to safety that are online and what to do to stay safe. 
Safer Internet Day Resources to share at home
Conversation starters activity sheet
UK Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe –  please follow the link to view online guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

Useful Resources for Parents and Carers

Below are some excellent resources for Parents and Carers:

Discord – A Useful Guide for Parents and Carers

Zoom – A Useful Guide for Parents and Carers

Tiktok – A Useful Guide for Parents and Carers

Netflix – A Useful Guide for Parents and Carers

Online Grooming

Vodafone Digital Parenting Resources

What parents need to know about Hidden Photo Apps

Minecraft – What parents need to know

Online Gaming to Online Gambling – Recognising the signs

Be Kind Online

Online Safety - Useful Information and Organisations

UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC)

As well as resources and information about Safer Internet Day, the UKSIC produces weekly blogs which offer advice on a range of topics that reflect current and emerging trends as well as questions received during training sessions: saferinternet.org.uk

Media Smart – Parents & Guardians

Guides and resources to help parents play a key role in supporting young people to understand the key features of digital advertising: mediasmart.uk.com/parents/

Common Sense Media – News and Media Literacy

Advice, articles and videos for parents and carers to help their child think critically, resist advertising pressure and become smart consumers:
commonsensemedia.org/news-and-media-literacy

Full Fact

The UK’s independent fact checking charity. Provides free tools, information, and advice so that anyone can check the claims made by politicians and the media: fullfact.org/

Online Safety Information for Parents and Carers

ChildNet - Let’s talk about life online

Advice for parents and carers on how to talk with their child about staying happy, positive and safe when online: childnet.com/resources/lets-talk-about-life-online

ChildNet - Critical Thinking key topic

Advice for parents and carers for supporting children of different ages to recognise unreliable information online: childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/critical-thinking

Online Concerns - Where to report issues and get help?

UK Safer Internet Centre – Need help?

Advice on what to do if a child comes to you for help and how to report online concerns such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content or illegal behaviour: saferinternet.org.uk/need-help

Report Harmful Content

Provided by the UKSIC. Gives advice on how to report online problems, offers help in removing harmful content from platforms and supports with reports that need to be escalated: reportharmfulcontent.com

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

The UK’s reporting hotline for illegal content found on the internet. The IWF specifically deals with child sexual abuse and criminally obscene images hosted in the UK and internationally: iwf.org.uk

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)

A police agency tackling child sexual abuse and grooming online. Parents and young people can make reports of grooming or child sexual abuse online at: ceop.police.uk CEOP’s Think U Know website contains information for children and parents, as well as a link for children to report sexual abuse or grooming online: thinkuknow.co.uk

Action Fraud

The UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime. Make a report of fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cybercrime: actionfraud.police.uk/

ParentPort

Run by the UK’s media regulators. Provides information about media standards and a reporting tool to make a complaint about online advertising, video games, online media and more: parentport.org.uk/

NSPCC helpline

The NSPCC has partnered with O2 to provide an online safety helpline for parents and carers to answer questions and address concerns about a child’s online safety: 0808 800 5002 nspcc.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/

 

The NSPCC also provides the Childline helpline. Children can talk to someone for advice and support at any time by contacting 0800 1111 or chatting to a counsellor online at childline.org.uk

Young Minds

A UK charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They offer a free confidential helpline for parents on 0808 802 5544. Information and advice for young people and parents/carers can be found at: youngminds.org.uk