It is really important to chat with your children on an ongoing basis about staying safe online.
Not sure where to begin? These conversation starter suggestions can help.
Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
Encourage them to help someone! Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
Think about how you each use the internet. What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?
NSPCC Gaming OnlineGaming is a great way for young people to relax, socialise with their friends and have fun. Children can play on games consoles, apps or websites, mobiles, tablets, PCs, or through smart speakers and virtual reality headsets. They can also chat to other players using messaging platforms for gamers, or watch livestreams of well-known gamers. You can find out more about the different types of games children like to play on Net Aware, in partnership with O2.
NSPCC Livestraeaming and Online VideosLivestreaming is broadcasting to an audience in ‘real’ time. The audience can leave comments, or give likes and kudos to the person streaming. Some platforms let several people livestream at the same time. There are livestreaming apps like Twitch and Yubo, but young people can livestream on other social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. Many young people also post pre-recorded videos on video apps like YouTube and Vimeo, or video chat in groups or one-to-one, using apps like WhatsApp. Video conferencing apps such as Zoom and IMO are also becoming increasingly popular during lockdown.
NSPCC Parental ControlsParental controls help you to block or filter upsetting or inappropriate content, and control purchases within apps. You can install parental control software on your child's and family's phones or tablets, games consoles, laptops and your home internet. Parental controls can help you to: plan what time of day your child can go online and how long for create content filters to block apps that may have inappropriate content manage the content different family members can see.
Here are the Apps which children at Manor Wood talk about and say they use or play at home. Please keep your children safe as for example you need to be 13 to use Whatsapp. We cannot stop your children using these at home but we can educate them on how to be safe using them. Please talk to your children.
UK Safer Internet CentreWelcome to the UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
UK Safer Internet Centre - Parents and CarersTips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. 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.
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