Online Safety Resources
Outside of school your child can only be protected by the controls that you provide on their internet, tablet/smartphone, TV, movie and live streaming access. Setting parental controls or restrictions can be a bewildering task and to help you, we’ve suggested some resources below.
Achieving for Children (AfC)
Peter Cowley, the Lead Adviser for Online Services and Safety for AfC has put together two incredibly useful short videos for parents on keeping their children safe online. You can find the videos here bit.ly/afcsaferathome Please note that you'll have to download the "Session notes" to be able to follow the links.
Vodafone provide an exceptionally good guide to setting parental controls across a wide range of providers and devices. We also send home a hard copy of their Digital Parenting Magazine a couple of times a year
You’ll also find a wide range of helpful articles in the online magazine here: http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html
NSPCC Net Aware
A joint site by NSPCC and O2 to provide child specific information about social media apps including reviews by children and their parents. This is an extremely good site to initiate a discussion on the the use of social media with your children.
Internet Matters is a UK not for profit site with lots of information about keeping children safe online and has some very useful age specific advice for parents
This is the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) advice and education site. We use CEOP’s resources widely in school and there are sections and advice for children, parents, carers and teachers on the site.
This BBC site covers all aspects of digital skills and has a specific family online safety section here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02488p8
Common Sense Media
This is an American not for profit site which has up to date reviews and advice about games, apps, movies and TV explaining in detail what you can expect to see in categories such as violence, sex, drugs and consumerism as well as talking about positive messages and role models that are portrayed .
Setting Parental Controls
There are of course lots of other sites that provide advice and help in the area of online safety.