E-safety – keeping your child safe online
Thank you to all the parents that were able to attend the parent workshop on e-safety.
Gwenllian South (ICT Adviser, Essex County Council) led the session and distributed an important and useful handout to parents to help us keep our children safe online. Please click on the link below to access these details:
The NCA’s CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
Useful Resources for Parents
The Government has recently launched a brand new website to support parents. The website has been developed with Parentzone and CEOP, the police command responsible for child exploitation and online protection.
Parentinfo is a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line. For example, the site currently includes information about staying safe on minecraft, mental health and building online resilience.
Please also see Saferinternet.
NSPCC Online safety
This is a great source of support for parents.
CyberSense is a new E-safety app designed to help parents talk about e-safety issues with their children to ensure that they make smart choices to stay safe online. Aimed at children aged between 8-10 it will help them think about what they would do if they were faced with different situations online; from cyberbullying to sharing content with someone they don’t know.
Educate Against Hate educateagainsthate.com
The government has recently launched a new website aimed at supporting parents, teachers and school leaders in implementing the Prevent Duty. There are some useful resources on the website including written advice and signposting to other organisations
Online Safety: www.internetmatters.org
Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online.
eSafety Advice from Alan Mackenzie
Allan MacKenzie is a well-regarded fellow consultant who supports schools and parents specifically with eSafety. Alan sends out a free online safety magazine every 6 weeks or so. The magazine, ‘DITTO” is for schools, organisations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.
You can sign up to Alan’s DITTO magazine here: http://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter/