Advice for Parents

As a parent or carer, you want to be aware of the risks to your children in the digital world. Things like cyber bullying, accessing inappropriate content, sexting and grooming all sound scary for a parent or carer.  But if you understand them, you’ll be able to talk to your children about them.  Education and information really are the solutions, helping your children to be sensible and respectful in their digital lives.

Here are some useful resources to help you do just that:

The following documents are provided by the NSPCC

Below is also some useful guidance for parents on Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp and Tik Tok.  

Parental guidance 

and some guidance on iPad Screen Time and parental controls here

The following guidance is provided by Internet Matters

Online safety - it is not about the internet

This talk by Jim Gamble considers the nature of the online threat including the nature of the beast, the suggestion that blaming tech companies is too simplistic, the importance of individual leadership and simple ideas that can make us all safer. He is a former senior police officer and a renowned child protection expert.

A straightforward guide to protecting your children from online hate, extremism, and fake news 

Live streaming

Live streaming is a popular feature of lots apps and platforms. By understanding the risks of live streaming, we can help children stay safe when they are online.  See presentation below.

Thinkuknow Live Streaming Presentation for Parents and Carers.pptx