Being prepared for more time on the computer!
With school closures across the country, more children are likely to have access to computers and the internet for longer periods of time.
Because of this, it's even more important for parents and carers to make sure parental control settings are in place, and that we spend more time talking to our children about ways to stay safe online.
The website below is really helpful, and can offer parents/carers and children lots of advice on getting the most out of 'screen time' whilst staying safe.
Think You Know
Great online safety video to share with our younger children
Quite often online safety videos are aimed at our older children. This video however, is aimed at our youngest pupils and tells children how important it is to tell an adult if someone has asked them to get undressed, whilst they are on the phone.
Latest TikTok Guide for Parents and Families!
Band Runner Game (for 8-10 year olds)
Band Runner is an exciting interactive game which aims to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from the risks they might encounter online.
As part of the Thinkuknow Play Like Share package of resources, Band Runner helps children:
Distinguish between safe and unsafe behaviours online
Feel confident to seek help from a trusted adult when they need it
Gain familiarity with the Thinkuknow 8-10s website, and know how they could use it to seek advice and support on staying safe online
Featuring characters and safety messaging from the Play Like Share animated films, Band Runner is a fun game that puts children's knowledge about staying safe online to the test by asking them to help characters make safe choices.
A trusty guitar which eliminates all obstacles in its path is the character's only tool to battle through school and make it to their next gig. If they miss a jump or take a tumble then players must get ready to help Alfie solve an online safety dilemma
Parent Guides on trending apps!
Kids...do you spend too much time on your phone? Watch this video!
This is a brilliant new website from the BBC, aimed at 9-12 year olds. Pupils and parents- it's definately worth a look!
This site has some really useful tips and information on the latest trending apps.
Who is behind Parent Info?
Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone.
Parent Zone was founded in 2005 and has a track record of providing information, support and advice to parents. In recent years, The Parent Zone's work has focused on the impact of digital technologies on families. We provide information, resources and training for parents and those who work with them.
CEOP is the child protection command of the National Crime Agency. CEOP reaches over three million children and young people a year through its Thinkuknow education programme and regularly conveys its vital online safety messages to over 100,000 practitioners (such as social workers, teachers and police officers) registered to their network, who cascade these messages directly to children and young people.
New videos about online safety to share with your children!
These videos are great for sharing with 4-7 year olds.
What is Parent Info?
Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the content on their own website and use it in any other ways (in letters to parents etc) that they want.
This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’
In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.
NSPCC Share Aware
This straightforward, no-nonsense advice will untangle the web, and show you how you can be just as great a parent online, as you are the rest of the time. The internet is a great place for children to be. Being Share Aware makes it safer.
Let's Talk Pants!
Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried.
Get together and singalong with Pantosaurus above to get the conversation started. Take our quiz below to test your PANTS knowledge and download our PANTS guides for more support.
How can you talk to your children about sexual abuse?
Live streaming is a popular feature of lots apps and platforms. By understanding the risks of live streaming, we can help children stay safe when they are online. ThinkUKnow has produced a guide to help parents understand why live-streaming is so popular, and how to keep children safe.
See the link below for a slide show of information regarding offensive and illegal content and what to do if you see anything that worries you.
Becoming an Internet Legend!
'Be Internet Legends' is a multifaceted programme developed by Google and Parent Zone to teach children the skills they need to be safe and confident online.
During this unprecedented time, they are supporting schools, pupils and families by offering remote content and resources.
Follow the links below to explore the resources, games and website content.
Interland is an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about internet safety interactive and fun – just like the internet itself. Here, children will help their fellow Internauts combat badly-behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers and bullies by practising the skills that they need to be confident online explorers.
Get involved at home by encouraging the entire family to follow the Legends Code together.
The fun activities in this booklet are based around the Internet Legends code.
Google and Parent Zone are also launching new and interactive parent sessions about internet safety.
These online events – which will be livestreamed on YouTube and led by their expert team – will introduce the Be Internet Legends programme to you and answer any questions and concerns you might have.
Stay tuned for the full schedule...