Keeping Safe On-line

As parents we’re there to protect and guide our children. But how can we do it when we’re not aware of where and what they’re doing? Today’s children are often more proficient on computers than their parents, and most of them own a mobile phone. So parents often don’t where their children are virtually and who they’re communicating with.

The best way to keep your children safe on the web is not through banning, blocking and filtering – it’s about educating yourself about what they’re doing …and constant dialogue.

Useful sites:

UK Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers
Internet Matters www.internetmatters.org
Think U Know www.thinkuknow.co.uk
NSPCC: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety

Parent Zone

Parent Zone is devoted to providing expert information to families and schools. We find, curate and check the best available expert information on all of the issues that are caused or amplified by the internet.

UK Safer Internet Centre

You don’t need to be an expert on the internet to help keep your child stay safe online. Our advice and resources are here to support you as you support your child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively.

Internet Matters

We’re passionate about keeping children safe online and are here to help you make the right decisions for you and your family. Whether you’re looking for information for the first time, or an old hand, our website has everything you need to help make your children’s online life fulfilling, fun and above all safe.

Think U Know

Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command.

NSPCC

The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, our tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.

Gaming: Club Penguin to Minecraft…and Beyond

Do you know what games your children are playing? Do you know who they are playing them with online? Do you know the age limit of the game? If not ask them! Gaming is fun and is growing in complexity and sophistication - however it can contain high levels of violence, as well as sexual references, bad language, references to drugs and discrimination. Some games even encourage and teach gambling.
Tip: You can adjust gaming consoles safety settings to control age-related games and the amount of time spent online.

Two valuable websites give detailed information on the games your children are playing:

Pan European Game Information (PEGI): www.pegi.info/en/index
Common Sense Media www.commonsensemedia.org/

Social Media: Friendships 24/7 

As you may know by now, your children can be in touch with their friends around the clock! Social media and instant messaging are great ways for them to communicate and engage with their peers. It’s not just Facebook - there’s a whole range of apps, services and platforms available to your children such as Kik, Tumblr, Snapchat, Instagram and Whatsapp.
Tip: Talk to your children about what they post, and whether it is appropriate. Remind them that if they wouldn't say it face-to-face, don't do it on-line. This includes engaging with strangers.

Useful sites:
UKSIC: www.saferinternet.org.uk/parents
Connect safely: www.connectsafely.org/guides-2

Cyberbullying: dealing with negative behaviour 

The Scary Guy training that all students undergo at Route 39 Academy not only addresses behaviour face-to-face, but online. Negative behaviour is unacceptable on both accounts and any reported instances of cyberbullying are acted upon.
Tip: Talk to your child about negative behaviour on-line, and encourage them to report it to their personal coach at school.

Useful sites:

Anti Bullying Alliance: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Please contact our e-safety staff member, Mr Sansom, sam.sansom@route39.org.uk.