A parents’ guide to being Share Aware -
Helping you to keep your child safe online
We know some parents feel overwhelmed by the internet. It’s constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up with the latest apps and trends. It can be particularly tricky for parents of children aged 8-12. That’s the age when children start doing more online, becoming more independent and using different devices. So, the NSPCC has put together this guide to reassure you, and give you the information and advice you’ll need to keep your child safe online. The internet’s an amazing place, so we want to help your child to get the most out of it, and to do that safely. The guidance is actually really simple - it’s all about talking to your child, getting the family involved, and finding out what you can do.
The school undertook a number of activities with the NSPCC to raise awareness of keeping our children safe. There were two assemblies, a talk for parents and workshops for Year 5 and Year 6.
We have reinforced this work with our own assemblies and PSHE discussions in the classroom.
Key Points from the NSPCC talk to parents:
Make sure you are the person that your child can talk to openly about their online activity.
Take an interest in what they are doing online - gaming, socialising etc.
Make sure what they are doing is age appropriate. Is it a good idea to tell them it's OK to lie about their age online? Is it OK to lie online?
Speak pants and teach them the underwear rule.
As many women abuse children as men.
Peer abuse is increasing - children that you don't know are strangers too!
The 'billboard test': think - before you put something online would you put it on a billboard for everyone to see?
Don't share pictures of your children in their school uniform-names and uniform give the world an idea of where you live and who you are.
Every O2 store has a guru who is trained to help keep your profiles and devices safe by helping you with the settings. You don't have to be on O2 to access this service.
Children are more at risk if they access the internet from their bedrooms. Put the computer/games console in a shared place in your home.
Videos that you can watch with your children that we use in school.
I saw your willy - NSPCC
Videos to help parents (and children if you feel it is appropriate) to understand the dangers of the internet.