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
- tips to help keep your child safe online
- Sexting- how to keep your child stay safe
- Cyberbullying- how to keep your child safe
Below is also some useful guidance for parents on Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp and Tik Tok.
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.
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.
We have now signed up to an online site which offers help and advice for families in a digital world called ‘Parent Info’. This is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents in matters related to young people and families in a digital world which will hopefully be of use to you all.