With children spending more and more time online, it is imperative that we know what our children are playing, watching and searching for on all media platforms. How many of you know which apps are safe for your child to use and those which may pose a danger?
www.net-aware.org.uk is an informative website providing insights for popular apps and games. It goes into detail about what you need to know about each app, as well as the content that is contained within it, and tips for parents with privacy and security settings.
Cybersense – a New App for Parents/Carers from Internet Matters
CyberSense is Intern Matters’ new app designed to help parents and carers talk about online safety issues with their children to ensure that they make smart choices to stay safe online.
The app is aimed at children aged between 8-10 to 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.
The App includes a quiz that is played on a tablet with a split screen. This is mainly to encourage parents/carers and children to answer the questions at the same time to help create talking points around different e-Safety scenarios. At the end of each quiz, depending on how many question have been answered correctly, you are rewarded with a specific amount time to play a fun game together.
The app is a great way for parents/carers to get talking with their children about practical ways to be resilient and get the best out of the internet. Schools and settings may wish to highlight this app to their communities.
New Internet Matters Resources for Parents/Carers – ‘Protect their Curiosity’
Internet Matters has launched a campaign urging parents to put parental controls on all internet-enabled devices to protect their children from harmful content. The safety group is backed by the UK’s largest broadband providers: BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
The campaign, called Protect their Curiosity, uses a series of four hard-hitting short videos to explore some of the biggest concerns around internet protection for parents/carers including gaming, searching and sexting.
Internet Matters general manager Carolyn Bunting said: “The videos might be uncomfortable viewing, but we wanted to show the reality of how a child’s innocent curiosity can turn into a distressing experience in just one click. Kids want to use the web in safety. They don’t want to be scared of what they might click on. A big step towards this lies with parents switching on every parental control available.”
‘Keep your children safe online’ from the Kent Safeguarding Children Board
Click here to download a copy.
Kent County Council
- Information link
- Download a copy of Children, ICT & e-Safety: Information for parents and carers
- Download a copy of Young People, ICT & e-Safety: Information for parents and carers
Other useful links
- Common Sense Media – this is a parent and child friendly ‘magazine’ type site. Find out some of our suggested pages to visit by clicking here.
- Get Safe Online – free up-to-date Security advice including using complex passwords and managing hacked accounts.
- How Secure Is My Password? – check how secure your passwords are.
- Guidance from Kent Police
- Guidance from Kent County Council
- Digital Parenting – Online Magazine
- Childnet International
- Think U Know
- Kid Smart
Surfing with security
- Treat the online world as you would the real world: make sure you know something about what your children are doing.
- Ask your children to show you at least some of what they do a computer, but respect their right to privacy.
- Put the family computer in a public place.
- Use a filtering programme to make sure your children can’t access potentially disturbing content online.
- Treat the internet primarily as a resource. If your children use it to help each other with their homework, for example, ask how best to manage that, rather than assuming it’s a bad thing.