All Parents/carers need to be aware of the risks of children using technology and should know how to protect their child. Here are some resources to help:
1. The NSPCC web pages on online safety cover everything a parent needs to know:
• How to talk to their children about issues
• How to make agreements in the family to keep everyone safe
• How to manage time online.
There are also reviews of websites, games and apps in the NetAware section
Signpost parents to NSPCC webpages or for more specific questions to the 24 hour online safety helpline for parents on 0808 800 5002, that is run in association with O2; where parents and carers can speak to a specialist practitioner.
2. Parent Info is a free resource for schools and other organisations, providing expertise and advice to parents and carers on a range of subjects including digital issues and online safety.
Schools and other organisations can host Parent Info directly on their own website, offering parents and carers support with easy access to up-to-date articles, research and practical advice.
3. MindEd is an organisation that provides education about children and young people’s mental health. They have a sections on:
• How much time young people spend on the internet
• What are the risks
• social media etc.
4. Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Guide for Parents from Ambitious about Autism, Mencap and Cerebra
This guide from leading organisations outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do.
5. This website is set up in partnership with many of the technology companies to give parents and carers information.
Information is split into advice which includes sections for different age children, controls and expert articles.
There are a number of short videos.
6. Dorset Police Have a Safe Schools and Communities Team and publish termly ESafety newsletters. Please click here for the latest newsletter: