Children are accessing the internet more and at a younger age than ever before. Just like you teach children how to be safe in the real world, it is important we keep them safe online too.
There are some books that you can share with your children that will introduce the idea of keeping safe on computers and other devices. Digiduck and Smartie the Penguin are picture books you can share with your child. You can download them from the links below. Smartie the Penguin even has a parents guide with questions you can ask as you read the story.
There is also some other information and links that you may find useful.
Kidsmart have lots of e-safety tips and information for parents http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents/
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ has the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online
Recent evidence reveals ‘the average parent will share their child’s image online nearly 1000 times before their fifth birthday (The Parent Zone, 2015). Are you a ‘sharent’? Before you share again, take a look at Seven safer ways to share photos of your child.
Here is a short video you may find useful about setting parental controls
Screen Time tips
We have found these story books a really good way of starting conversations with children and we though some of you might find them useful too. They all support in helping children understand that while tablets and phones are fun they can have lots of fun doing other things too!