Internet Safety for Parents and Students
Many young people have or have access to mobile phones, tablets and computers. These mobile devices may have cameras and the ability to take photographs and videos which can be shared online in no time.
Whilst photos and videos are a great way of showing your friends what you are up to, the dangers are massive. Once you have posted a picture or video online you no longer have control whom accesses the image – it can be shared, copied and even edited!
If you send an embarrassing picture or video to a friend it could unfortunately end up anywhere. If you or someone else posts it online anyone can see it including your parents, teachers or future employers!
Remember– it’s never too late to get help if you have shared something you regret. You can report photos and videos to the websites they are on or seek help from an adult that you trust.
If you do not want to speak to someone at college you can contact ChildLine.
ChildLine is a free helpline for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine about anything, there is no problem that is too big or too small. It is a private and confidential service, so whatever you disclose will not be told to anybody else. They would only need to tell someone of:
- You ask them to
- They believe that your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger
- You are being hurt by someone in a position of trust like a teacher or police officer
- You tell them that you are seriously harming another young person
Call them on 08001111. The number will not appear on your phone bill. You can also visit the ChildLine website www.childline.org.uk to chat to a counsellor online.
How to report Abuse
If someone is threatening you over a picture or video that you have shared you can report it to CEOP. CEOP helps young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they have met on or off line is trying to abuse them. If you have met someone and they are putting pressure on you to have sexual relations or are making you feel uncomfortable then you should report them to CEOP.
This might be someone who is:
- Making you have sex when you do not want to
- Chatting about sex online
- Asking you to meet up face to face when you only know them online
- Asking you to do sexual things on a webcam
- Asking for inappropriate or sexual pictures of you
- Making you feel worried, anxious or unsafe
National Online Safety Website
The National Online Safety website can be accessed as a free subscription for parents.
If parents create a free account they will still have access to a number of useful resources that parents can access including:
- NOS courses for parents
- A4 guides to explain and support parents. There are a massive number of guides which are all well presented and would allow parents to talk through the guides with children. There is a large range of content including information around setting up devices, web browsing, gaming, social media and remote learning, see below.
- For younger children the parents section also contains a storybook called Oscar’s Adventures in the Online World which can be downloaded and shared with children.
If parents prefer all of the content can be accessed through an app on a mobile phone which is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
The Net Aware website is produced by the NSPCC. This is part of the larger NSPCC website which offers a range of support to parents to support children through the Covid 19 pandemic.
This website has lots of useful articles including 8 tips for keeping your kids safe online during lockdown, this article contains 8 tips for parents to support them to stay safe online. Most tips encourage parents to speak to their children about online safety and encourages parents to understand the apps and programmes that children may be using. To support with this there are links to different content. The website is easy to navigate and would be suitable for parents to look at with their children.
The website also contains a useful section on mobile phone apps which explains what the app does. The site also rates each app for overall safety, safety features, privacy and location, ability to report or block other users and content.
In addition to this site NSPCC also has their own learning site, this site is updated regularly however is a more formal site than Net Aware. It is more for parents to look than parents sharing with their children. It does contain the following sections:
• Introduction to online safety
• Communicating with children online
• Supporting parents and carers
• Supporting children and young people
Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety. The website contains sections for young people (primary and secondary) as well parents and teachers.
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations.
The site contains a range of articles that may support parents during lockdown which includes topics around online safety but also more general guidance around parenting during this lockdown period.
The UK Safer Internet Centre
UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online – you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. The site includes six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer. This is an extensive website with lots of information however the site does not contain a lot of specific content around lockdown.
The parents’ part of the website contains content for parents to read if they are concerned about their child’s online activities. It also contains a range of videos that parents can watch and discuss with their children along with activity packs that parents and children can work through together.
Durham Constabulary have shared a number of new e-safety resources with us below.