Online Safety Tips For Children

Technology and the internet are part of our daily lives. It’s almost impossible for our children to avoid coming into contact with the online world. From social media apps to messaging services to online gaming, it’s important that we, as trusted adults, help to protect them from harm. But it’s just as important that they too know how to respond to online dangers.

The National Online Safety website has created a useful guide for children outlining various online safety do’s and don’ts to help empower them to make the right decisions when interacting with the online world.

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Hollie Guard App

The Hollie Guard app works on iPhone, Android and Windows devices. The app allows you to  keep an eye on your children while they are traveling to and from school using the Journey feature, so whenever they use this feature, their emergency contacts (you) are informed about where they’re going.

Users can also use this app to get help quickly while out if they’re in danger. If a user is
in danger, they shake or tap their phone, which activates Hollie Guard and automatically sends their location and audio/video evidence to their designated contacts.

Visit their website for further information or to register your interest:
https://hollieguard.com/

Apple – parental controls

If your child has an Apple device then you/they have probably updated their device to iOS 13.3 by now. Did you know that this update included two new screen time features for parents?

Communication limits
This new feature allows you to limit who your child can call, FaceTime or Message during allowed screen time and during downtime. During allowed screen time, users can be contacted by everyone or by contacts only, which prevents unknown contacts from contacting them.
You will need to go to Settings – Screen Time – Communication Limits to set up. iCloud syncing of Contacts must be enabled for this feature to work

Contact list
The contact list for children lets parents/carers manage their child’s contacts on their child’s devices.

The above two features are in addition to the parental controls offered by Apple. To set up parental controls or for further information about all of the other parental controls available
(such as preventing explicit content) then visit Apple’s website here:
https://support.apple.com/engb/HT201304

Apps to watch out for

There always seem to be new apps being released and with that, you need to be aware of any risks in using these new apps (such as privacy concerns/stranger interaction).

Common Sense Media have produced this article outlining some of the apps that may be currently on your child’s radar:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/apps-to-watch-out-for

Try and have regular chats with your child and take an interest in what they are doing online/whilst using their phone and provide support when necessary.

Smart speakers

Have you invested in a smart speaker for your home?
“Hey, Google” or “Alexa, play some music” may be your key commands now but have you set up the correct parental controls? For example, when using a supervised account on a Google nest, children can’t make purchases.

Google Nest:
https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9039704?hl=engb&ref_topic=7196250

Amazon Echo:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-setparental-controls-on-the-amazon-echo

Smart Phones

Did your child get a new smart phone for Christmas or are they using yours? Have you made  sure that the correct parental controls have been set up to help protect your child whilst using the device?

Example controls include setting the device so only age appropriate apps can be downloaded
and the ability to disable in-app purchasing (or don’t store your payment card details) to avoid
any hefty bills.

iPhone advice:
https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201304

Android advice:
https://www.internetmatters.org/parentalcontrols/smartphones-and-other-devices/android-smartphone/

What is your child saying online?

Children can communicate online through lots of different apps, social media and games (WhatsApp, Instagram, FIFA, Fortnite for example) so it’s important to talk to your child about how they behave and communicate online. It can be very easy online for children to behave in a way that they wouldn’t if they were face to face with each other. Talk to your child about how they are speaking to others online and encourage them to talk to people online with respect, like they would if they were face-to-face.

This is a useful article including tips on how to help your child be kind to others online:
https://parentinfo.org/article/safer-internet-day-2019-how-to-help-your-child-be-kind-to-others-online

Ensure that your child understands that if they receive unkind messages (or sees something that worries them) then they should not reply to them or engage, they should instead tell an adult that they trust.

We always recommend regularly talking to your child about what they are doing online.

Further information
https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/cyberbullying

Online Safety Training for Parents

At St Johns C of E Primary School we consider the protection and safeguarding of children to be of the highest priority. With the expansion of social media websites and younger children having access to mobile phones and tablets, it is essential that all members of our community are aware of the need to use caution and act responsibly when using technology.

During the summer term we emailed parents about an online course run by the National Online Safety. We would now like to give you the opportunity to do the course with other parents during the school day.

You are invited to attend one or two of the interactive Online Safety workshops we will be hosting after half term on Wednesdays from 2:15 – 3:15pm.

• Wednesday 30th October
• Wednesday 6th November
• Wednesday 13th November
• Wednesday 20th November

The workshop will cover:

  • Information about online dangers and the newest platforms
  • What online risks to look out for and how to protect your child

If you are unable to attend the workshops in school, I would strongly advise you to take the course at your own convenience.

Please find below the URL you need to visit to register your account if you are doing the course at home. You will need to complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” from the dropdown:

https://lms.nationalonlinesafety.com/school/Stjohnsprimary

If you have any questions, or trouble accessing the course please contact support@nationalonlinesafety.com.

Are you a ‘sharent’?

Five Thinkuknow articless to help you engaged with your child’s online activities over the summer holidays. Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

Sharing pictures of your child online

Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. The article on the link below helps you to protect your child while staying social.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Sharing-pictures-of-your-children/

Gaming: what parents and carers need to know

Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming/

Keeping your under 5s safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/keeping-your-under-five-safe-online/

Live streaming: responding to the risks

Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. This article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/live-streaming-responding-to-the-risks/

Using parental controls

Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Parental-controls/

National Online Safety

The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers and how to act safely when using the internet.

We are therefore delighted to announce that St Johns C of E Primary School have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online and have worked with National Online Safety to deliver an interactive online workshop for all our parents & carers.

The course can be taken at your own convenience and covers:

  •  Information about online dangers and the newest platforms
  • What online risks to look out for and how to protect your child

Please find below the URL you need to visit to register your account You will need to complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” from the dropdown:

https://lms.nationalonlinesafety.com/school/Stjohnsprimary

Once you have registered, you will be able to access the “Online Safety for Parents and Carers’ course and National Online Safety’s Resources (which includes 50+ online platform guides on the latest social media channels and games). This aims to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from the dangers of the internet.