Parent Info is a new free service for schools that is launching in the next few weeks and will be added onto our home page. Here you’ll find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line. Parent Info is a collaboration between The Parent Zone, which has been providing information and support to parents for a decade, and CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency. We will keep you up to date with when the site is ready!
Kidsmart is a fantastic online resource for both parents and teachers and links to the safety rules that we follow in school know as the SMART rules, which stands for:
These rules are displayed in each classroom and are referred to by staff. If you click here you can access the kid smart site with your child and have a go at some of the different games and activities, as well as downloading key information leaflets. A leaflet from the site about gaming is available by clicking here.
In today’s fast moving digital world it can be difficult as a parent to keep up to date on the latest sites, apps and games. The NSPCC therefore launched an interactive parents’ guide, Net Aware, which explains what other parents and young people think about 60 of the most popular social apps and games, what’s the right age, and details on privacy and safety settings.
Since Share Aware was launched in January 2015, 400,000 parents have spoken to their children about online safety as a direct result of the campaign. After seeing the campaign, 42per cent of parents either immediately talked to their child about online safety or made plans to do so. The campaign has been supported by a range of organisations, including police, local authorities, and schools. To help parents stay on top of what’s new in the digital world the NSPCC have updated their free Net Aware guide for parents by adding 12 new sites, apps and games.
The next wave of the campaign is about making sure parents cover the right topics when they talk to their children about staying safe online. Young people have told us the thing they most want parents to cover in online safety conversations are privacy settings (81%) followed by support on cyber bullying (76%) and staying safe from strangers online (74%). In contrast, from our research with YouGov, only 28% of parents covered privacy settings in online safety conversations with their children. The NSPCC recommend that parents stay up to date on the ins and outs on all the sites, apps and games young people use and Net Aware plays a big part in this.
Click here to visit the Share Aware Campaign website
As the Internet expands and technology develops at an ever more rapid rate, it is useful to find out about how to keep children safe and the latest developments in making children competent digital citizens. A great resource is the Vodaphone e-safety magazine, which is available if you click here.
The local council are delivering some E-safety Awareness Sessions for parents and carers at Children Centres across Bury over the next few months. These are very informative 2 hour sessions and are free.
These sessions are a perfect opportunity for parents and carers to inform themselves about the risks for them and in particular their children when dealing with the internet, mobile phones, social networking, on-line gaming etc…
Click on the link below for a timetable of sessions available:
Information will follow soon…