Internet & Smartphones

Young people's worlds are very different now than ever before. They spend so much of their time in a very public space, online. They are more connected to people than they ever were. This can be very positive but can also be challenging and difficult to help them navigate safely. There are some really good websites with information for parents on talking to their children about internet safety, about maintaining privacy settings, only accepting friends who you actually know and how to report and block any bullying or unwanted contact. Please check CEOPs Think U Know website.

Snapchat is a very popular app with young people which allows people to share photo’s or short videos for approx 10 secs before it disappears. Young people think this does not leave a digital footprint but there are ways in which these images/videos can be captured and it is important to discuss with them what they share with others. For more information, read A Parent's Guide to Snapchat.

Get Safe Online
This website provides parents with practical guidance surrounding several key factors:- Safeguarding children, Social Networking, Protecting your computer, Protecting yourself shopping, banking and payments.  The website also has a quiz for parents to complete around their knowledge of online safety and rough guides to online security.

NSPCC have produced some helpful worksheets for parents to support young people around cyberbullying and online grooming.
Internet Matters: information for parents of pre-school - teenaged children 
This has been launched by BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media.  The key message (learn about it, talk about it, deal with it) provides advice and guidance about children's internet usage.  The site provides guidance to parents of pre-school, young children, pre-teens and teens surrounding such online activities as:- Social networking Online gaming Chatting Downloading and viruses Going mobile.  The website covers issues which could affect children including:- online grooming, sexting online reputation, privacy and identity theft, online pornography, inappropriate content cyberbullying.

Sexting is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video on their mobile phone, usually in a text message.  This can have a number of consequences for the young person, can cause a lot of anxiety and worry, expecially if the image is shared or threatened to be shared.  To give parents the tools to deal with these issues and reduce the dangers of sexting, CEOP have created a series of short animations entitled 'Nude selfies: What parents and carers need to know'.  The new ThinkuKnow films are packed with information and advice on helping parents to advise children about avoiding taking risks online, knowing what's safe and what's not, and where to get help if anything goes wrong.  They can be accessed here.

Film1: Helps parents and carers undestand the reasons why young people create and share nude or nearly nude images.
Film 2: Helps parents and carers learn about effective strategies for talking to your child about nude or nearly nude images.
Film 3: Helps parents and carers understand how to respond if your child discloses that they have shared nude or nearly nude images by risk assessing the different contexts in which images may be shared.
Film 4: Helps parents and carers learn about how to get help and support if your child shares nude or nearly nude images.

Online speak?
Sometimes it can be difficult to understand what young people are saying to each other online as they seem to have a different language! To help with this, is a good website to decipher some of the stuff kids have put on texts etc.

A recent article in the Daily Mail highlights a list of 28 internet acronyms that parents need to be aware of to keep their children safe from online predators.

Page last updated:17 November 2015