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Online and E-Safety Guidance Blog

We have brought together lots of information for parents and carers to keep their children safe whilst online at home. The information here is grouped into categories and posts with related information.

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  • Social Media Guidance

    Published 30/03/21, by Leah Smy

    There are dozens of different social media platforms available now, and whilst we as adults and parents may use them on a daily basis, do we know and understand the potential effects of our children using these. Below we have gathered a range of guides from 'National Online Safety'. These will be able to keep you informed and familiar with what your children may be using. 

    Please remember that most social media platforms have age restrictions many of these are rated for use by children 13 or older. So do check before letting your child download a new app. If it's an app you are unfamiliar with or even one you use regularly, take the time to talk to your child about it and highlight your need to keep them safe. Do be open with your child and be available to listen to them if they have any problems or concerns. 

     

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  • Online Bullying Guide for Children

    Published 30/03/21, by Leah Smy

    Online bullying – also known as cyberbullying – is bullying that takes place ON THE INTERNET (online) or via electronic devices and mobile phones. Online Bullying can include: Sending someone mean or threatening emails, direct messages or text messages; Hacking into someone’s online account; Being rude or mean to someone when playing online games; Posting private or embarrassing photos online or sending them to others; Creating fake social media accounts that mock someone or trick them; Excluding someone from an online conversation or blocking them for no reason.

    In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, distress and sadness.

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  • Mental Health

    Published 30/03/21, by Leah Smy

    National Online Safety has released the following guides about Mental Health. They are well worth a read to help you further understand your child's online presence and how it affects their mental health. 

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  • What Parents Need to Know About Age Ratings

    Published 30/03/21, by Leah Smy

    A game’s age rating can be used by adults to make an informed choice as to whether or not a game is suitable for their child. The PEGI (Pan European Game Information) system rates games and, instead of indicating the level of ability required to physically play a game, it indicates the suitability of content for that age group. 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18 are the labels that can be awarded to games and a variety of content descriptions such as violence, bad language and fear are used to further clarify why the label was assigned.

    In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as inappropriate content, peer pressure and online spending.

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  • Online Safety Guide to Home Internet Controls

    Published 26/03/21, by Leah Smy

    It’s easy for a child to come across harmful content online whether by accident or on purpose. Internet filtering software is your line of defence. Here’s everything you need to know about internet controls in a handy guide, covering router filtering controls, parental software controls, ISP filtering controls and useful recommendations.

    In this guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as privacy & security, unrestricted access and harmful content.

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  • Be Safe Online

    Published 26/03/21, by Leah Smy

    We all want to continue being informed and inspired by the ever-expanding capabilities of the internet. But we also need to be able to safeguard ourselves against the growing amount of online hazards. Knowing what is fact, understanding what dangers exist and taking appropriate steps can go a long way towards protecting yourself and your family

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  • Screen Time

    Published 26/03/21, by Leah Smy

    What is screen addiction and how to manage your child's time online. 

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  • Smartphone Online Safety Tips

    Published 26/03/21, by Leah Smy

    Owning a mobile phone can be fun, but it’s important to use it safely and responsibly. By following our safety tips, you can make sure that you set up your phone securely, keep your personal information private and enjoy using your phone in the healthiest way possible.

    In this guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as screen time, password protection and privacy settings.

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  • Your child's technology

    Published 26/03/21, by Leah Smy

    As a parent/carer it is important to understand the technology your child is using. Have a look at the guides below, then spend some time using your child's tech  and see how it works. 

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  • Your phone's emergency settings

    Published 26/03/21, by Leah Smy

    Hopefully, neither you nor your children will ever have the need to use a phone’s SOS features. But it’s not something that ought to be left to chance. It’s important that you – and your children – learn how to operate your (or their own) phone’s emergency functions. Depending on the make and model, your phone could provide first responders with vital medical information and notify your nominated contacts of your location. Most important of all, just a few clicks of a button can put you in touch with the emergency services inside a matter of seconds.

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  • Gaming

    Published 25/03/21, by Leah Smy

    Find a collection of parent guides here for all the popular games children are playing on their devices.

    To read guides about gaming technology click here

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  • Gambling

    Published 25/03/21, by Leah Smy

    Parent guides to understanding gambling and recognising early signs. 

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