In this age of modern technology, keeping your child safe online can be a mine field. Luckily there is an increasing amount of support, resources and information available out there to help you.
You may want to know a bit more about some of the websites your child is interested in or may want some practical help to ensure you have the correct parental controls on your child’s tablet, phone or computer. Whatever kind of help you are looking for there is something out there.
We attended which was led by the NSPCC who are currently working on a big initiative about this – sponsored by O2 – called ‘Share Aware’.
The Share Aware website gives you information, resources and links and we would suggest this might be your first port of call.
(If the link does not work then you can use this website – www.nspcc.org.uk – and then click on ‘Services and Resources’ and then ‘Share Aware Resources’)
The Net Aware will take you to a website where you can find out more about the websites and Apps your child might be using. For example, you can type in ‘Facebook’ and you’ll be provided with lots of information about this, including what other parents think.
childnet.com has a parents’ and carers’ section with lots of resources including some information about and a template for a family internet use agreement. Some people find this helpful to support them in limiting their child’s internet access.
The NSPCC- working with O2 – have an Online safety Helpline where you can get practical advice about how to set parental controls on your devices etc.
0808 800 5002
NSPCC Adult Helpline
The NSPCC have a helpline for adults. You can call to talk to someone about a concern you have about a child, but you can also call to get some support, or simply check that what you are doing about online safety is correct.
0808 800 5000