Keeping our young people safe
For young people the internet and the increasing number of digital devices they use to connect to it is an integral part of their everyday lives. Whether they use it to express themselves or to stay in touch with friends, for entertainment or education, the internet can provide tremendous benefits and most use it safely.
While digital technology provides a wealth of opportunities, we are all aware that there are online risks and sometimes these risks can lead to harm. At the same time, while young people’s ‘offline’ and ‘online’ worlds are often merging, the behaviours and safeguards of the ‘real’ world are not always applied in a ‘virtual’ world where friends can be added at the click of a button and information shared in an instant.
Below are some useful links for families to help children stay safe when navigating the virtual world. These are designed to complement our programmes at school in providing enough information to guide your children towards becoming more aware of the dangers they might face when playing games online or using social messaging apps on their devices.
The following websites contain useful advice to follow, including procedures for reporting any incidents relating to your child’s online safety.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
- Think U Know
- Internet Watch Foundation
- UK Safer Internet Centre
Oak-Tree Online Safety Newsletter
National Online Safety Guides
You may find the documents below helpful to keep you informed as parents about some of the more popular social media and gaming websites/apps that children are accessing.
National Online Safety Helpsheets
You many find the helpsheets below useful as they contain many tips and tricks designed to keep you informed about online safety.