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Agreeing rules and boundaries

We really like the idea of parents sitting down with their children and agreeing rules and boundaries in relation to new or current devices, set expectations of behaviour and much more. To help with this FOSI (The Family Online Safety Institute) have put together some really simple but wonderful agreement sheets for parents which can be download for free by clicking the icon below.

Setting up devices for children

Many of the parents/carers whose child has been involved in a serious child protection issue are not aware of the features that are available on devices, broadband etc. which can be used to help protect their children. Internet Matters have a huge range of advice and guidance, which includes simple guides to set up devices including tablets, phones, gaming devices and much more.

You can find out more here.

YouTube - Parent AllowListing

The YouTube Kids app was introduced in the UK in January 2016 and was designed to allow younger children to use YouTube in a more managed (moderated) way whilst giving parents extra controls.

Whilst it is a great app, my visits around primary schools over the years suggests that very few younger children use the YouTube Kids service. In conversation with the children and their parents, the biggest reason is usually because the channels/videos that the children want to watch are not available on the YouTube Kids app.

This has now changed. YouTube have introduced a new service called Parent Allowlisting which can be used on mobile devices where a parent can approve a video/channel from the main YouTube app into their child’s YouTube Kids account.

Child Sexual Exploitation - a guide for parents and carers

With the scale of online grooming getting worse every year it is important that parents are empowered with good information. The Internet Watch Foundation have put together a brilliant guide which is split into three sections. The first describes what online CSE is, the second answers questions and gives practical advice, and the third informs parents what to do if they are suspicious.

We hope you find this information useful. If any parents have any concerns, you can talk to our safeguarding officer, Miss Gonsalves, or our family worker, Mrs Hanif.

My Family's Digital Toolkit

Internet Matters have done it again, this time a personalised online safety toolkit that families can use at home. By answering a few simple questions you can get age-specific advice, learn about popular apps, information on how to deal with any concerns and also tools to support their interests and wellbeing. You can find the toolkit HERE.
 

How to Protect Children from Online Harm

The Marie Collins Foundation and The NWG Network have put together a short article which we’re sure many parents will find useful. Covered within the article are:

  • What is online harm?
  • How is it different from exploitation offline?
  • How do offenders target young people online?
  • What can I do
  • and more.

You can find it HERE.

Parent and carer toolkit

Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help you as parents to have conversations with your children about online safety. 

The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found here:

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/parent-and-carer-toolkit

COUNTY LINES is a phrase that is cropping up more and more on our TV news programmes. You might know a little about it – maybe you are aware that it is linked to drug dealing and crime. If you click on the red tile on the left, you will be taken to the London Grid for Learning where you can view a collection of short but helpful videos from Peter Wilson, who has recently retired from the Metropolitan Police and is one of the leading experts in this field.

Jessie & Friends:
online safety education for 4-7s

Children are accessing technology and the internet at a younger age than ever before. It’s never too early to talk to your child about what they do online and who to tell if they come across anything online that makes them feel worried, scared or sad.

Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. There’s also a storybook for each episode, to help you and your child keep the conversation going.

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