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KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE

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This article has been borrowed from MGT Harpenden - brilliant article!

With our children spending more time online at the moment and using new tools that they, and perhaps you, have never used to connect with friends, you may have some concerns about their safety. So we’ve put together a list of resources you can use for advice and guidance.

ThinkuKnow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP command.  It is split into different areas aimed at children of different ages as well as parents & carers.  They have released new 15-minute activity packs to do with your child to support their online safety.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership between 3 leading charities and you can find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online on their website.

          Here you can find some great short and engaging videos such as

                             Video aimed at children aged 5-11 What can you trust online?

                             Video aimed at children aged 11-18 What can you trust online?

                             Video aimed at parents and carers. Talking about trust online.

 

Parent Info has a section on games apps and tech and has some useful guides to video chatting for primary age and secondary age.  

National Online Safety provides support to schools but they have online guides, including "What parents need to know" articles about popular streaming and video services such as Netflix, Disney+, Zoom and Houseparty.

The SWGfl website includes downloadable checklists for setting up Facebook, Twitter and Instagram safely.

And if you’d like to read reviews and opinions of other parents about the suitability of apps, games, popular websites, TV shows and films for different ages take a look at Common Sense Media.


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