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Staying Safe Online
Please click the link below to see some key guidance relating to social media and your linked mental health:
Social Media and Mental Health June 19
Staying Safe Online
This page of our website is designed to give advice to our parents and carers on helping your child stay safe online.
At Athena school we are committed to protecting our children, both in and out of school. It is important that we educate the children about how to stay safe in all environments including when they are online using the internet.
What can you do as a parent or carer to keep your child safe online?
Helping your child to stay safe online is just an extension of parenting in the real world. You need to understand what your child is doing and what the risks are so you can help them navigate safely through their online activity.
Here are some top tips from the ThinkUKnow website created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
- Be involved in your child’s online life. For many of today’s young people there is no line between the online and offline worlds. Young people use the internet to socialise, play and grow and, just as you guide and support them offline, you should be there for them online too. Talk to them about what they’re doing, if they know you understand they are more likely to approach you if they need support.
- Watch Thinkuknow films to learn more. The Thinkuknow programme has films and advice for children from five all the way to 16. Your child may have seen these at school, but they can also be a good tool for you to find out more about what young people do online and some of the potential risks.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Be inquisitive and interested in the new gadgets and sites that your child is using. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to continue to discuss boundaries so that they evolve as your child’s use of technology does.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Your child will use all sorts of devices and gadgets; make sure you’re aware of which ones can connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection or a neighbour’s Wifi? This will affect whether your safety settings are being applied.
- Consider the use of parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly.
- Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are. Make sure your child knows never to meet up with someone they only know online. People might not always be who they say they are. Make sure your child understands that they should never meet up with anyone they only know online without taking a trusted adult with them.
- Know what to do if something goes wrong. Just as in the offline world, you want to help your child when they need it. Therefore, it is important to know when and how to report any problem. What tools are there to help me keep my child safe?
ThinkUKnow – The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet
A great place to start to find out more about e-safety. This site is run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
What Parents Need To Know About Facebook
Free Online Safety Guide
What parents need to know about Facebook
Most people know the story by now. What started out as a morally questionable (but technically accomplished) mechanism for rating female college students’ pictures evolved into the flagship platform of a planet-spanning multi-billion-dollar empire – making a household name of its creator and adding an entirely new dimension to the 21st-century concept of ‘friendship’.
Facebook’s slightly questionable beginnings may seem a lifetime ago now, but similar concerns and controversies have continued to haunt the platform even during its phenomenal growth. Our updated #WakeUpWednesday guide to the social media titan alerts trusted adults to potential issues around inappropriate content, oversharing and contact from strangers.
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An Ofcom study last year revealed that around one in three (30%) of 12–15-year-olds had received a friend request on social media from someone who they didn’t actually know. Facebook, of course, is far from exempt from such behaviours – and younger users in particular can accidentally exacerbate the problem by over-sharing personal information.
Contact from strangers is far from the only concern that many parents and carers have over their child becoming a Facebook user, however. From FOMO and trolling to young people accidentally damaging their future prospects, our #WakeUpWednesday guide this week draws attention to other aspects of the social networking giant that trusted adults ought to be aware of.
Your Online Safety News
This week we have news on children earning money through various online means, record reports on the number of child abuse images found and removed during 2021 and TikTok being used by toddlers despite the app being restricted to those aged under 13.
Children and teenage entrepreneurs are earning money online
Oxford teen accused of being a multi-millionaire cyber-criminal
Children as young as six are going online to make money through various means, such as trading cryptocurrency, becoming social media influencers and selling clothes on eBay.
A 16-year-old from Oxford, who is alleged to have amassed a £10.6 million fortune from hacking, has been accused of being one of the leaders of cyber-crime gang.
A UK study suggests that the more time girls aged between 11 and 13 spend on social media, the less likely they are to be satisfied with life a year later.