We live in a digital age where young people, digital natives, use technology regularly at home and at school. Our children use computers, mobile phones, tablets and games consoles, as part of their everyday lives. Children often seem ‘expert’ compared to parents and adults, who can sometimes feel as if we are struggling to keep up.
Obviously, young people do not have the life experience of adults and they need our support in navigating the world of digital technology and the internet safely. You as parent can help to provide this by talking to your child about what they are doing with technology and about how to keep safe online.
Our latest e safety workshop, delivered to parents recently, can help you understand some of the safeguarding issues you may face when accessing technology with your child. You can download a copy of there workshop materials here.
A number of messages and warnings across the Internet describe an apparent phenomenon called the “Momo Challenge”. Many such warnings claim it is a game where children are tricked into performing increasingly violent acts including self-harm, sometimes even culminating in suicide. You can find out more information here
ParentInfo.org is a great new Parent Zone resource which can help parents understand the latest trends in social media and how we can help children to stay safe online. This has real life examples and tips to help you change the default privacy settings on the most popular apps and website to make our technology safer for children to use.
Another great resource for children and parents is Think You Know. This will help you to get advice and to know when and how to report concerns.
One Degree Academy held a safer internet day on the 5th February. Resources about being safe on the internet can be found here
Our internet provider, The London Grid for Learning, has dedicated parent zone about being safe on the internet. It can be found here