To ensure the safety of our children online, we teach children to be digitally literate. This means teaching them:
- Technical literacy - Learning the technical skills needed to use computers and devices.
- Media literacy - Learning about how to use different digital platforms and how to judge the reliability of information online.
- Social literacy - Learning about online etiquette and how to use the Internet safely.
We know that parents are concerned about children’s safety online, but it can be hard to monitor their Internet use all the time, and all the apps, games and sites can be very overwhelming. Below are links to information and organisations that can help you and your children to use the Internet safely.
If you have immediate concerns about online activity, report it to CEOP.
To find out more about our Online Safety Policy at Tetherdown link to our Policy page.
Using the Internet Safely - Links
All About Apps
Kidsonline World - An up-to-date dictionary of apps, their risks and safety tips.
Kidsonline World - An up-to-date dictionary of the most popular games, their risks and safety tips.
Parental Control Advice
Internet Matters - Age-appropriate advice and guidance for parental controls.If you are struggling with your parental control settings, phone 0808 800 5002 to be talked through the process by a consultant. The advice is free of charge, provided by the NSPCC and O2.
NSPCC Online Safety - The stalwarts of child safety have compiled advice on how to talk to your children about online safety and the parental controls available.
Parentzone Newsletter - Sign up for regular updates on technology and regulations.
Internet Matters Digital Resilience Toolkit - Age-appropriate advice to develop your child’s digital resilience, so they can use the Internet more carefully.
Activities for Children
Think U Know - Simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at home.
Safer Internet Day, 7th February 2023 Parent Guides
A Guide to Social Media Apps and Their Age Ratings - What exactly do we need to know about the age restrictions and safety on social media apps? This guide answers some of your most frequently asked questions.
TikTok - What Parents Need to Know - This TikTok Parent Guide outlines the steps that parents can take to help keep their children safe while using TikTok.
Loot Boxes - What Parents Need to Know - Because of the popularity of online games, it can be useful to understand how loot boxes work, and how game companies make money. This guide will also allow parents to make more informed decisions about games that are suitable for their child.