Regardless of age, children can be the most vulnerable in our society, and as a parent it is only natural to worry about their safety. We have put together this collection of resources and tips to help you keep your children safe and raise their awareness of the potential dangers online and in the world in general.
Use the the links to the right of this text to navigate through the various sections of this part of the website.
Social Media use can be one of the biggest concerns for parents regarding their child's use of the internet. We have sourced some very useful checklists for the most popular networks for you to download and keep.
The internet is used every day in almost every home, we all know how useful it can be for research, gaming, keeping in touch with friends and even homework. But, as a parent, do you know what your child is researching, who they are playing games with and who their 'online friends are:
A few tips to help keep them safe are:
These dangers are, unfortunately, all too common. At Rainhill High we take the safety of all our pupils very seriously and plan to actively raise awareness throughout school. "Safer Internet Day" this year is on 5th February. Staff and Pupils will watch films about online dangers and how to report issues.
You can also watch these films if you use these external YouTube links, from the official CEOP YouTube page
Clare thought she knew
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children about internet safety and online safety.
Follow this link to report abuse through the CEOP website:
Remember the WWW is the WORLD wide web, anyone can see what you post so THINK first before you give any personal information out online. Here’s a video to show just how easy it is for your details to fall into the wrong hands
The following is based on guidance from the UK Council for Internet Safety.
Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles.
But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.
What they might see or do:
Who they might meet:
How this could affect them:
It’s good practice for apps and websites to have safety advice and well-designed safety features which can make a real difference to how safe your child will be when using them. Work through safety and privacy features on the apps that your child is using, or might use. Make sure they understand the point of these and how to use them.
Don’t be put off by believing your child knows more than you: the tools are actually quite easy to manage.
In a mobile age, children can’t be completely protected, even by the best privacy controls; another child may use different settings. So it’s important to keep talking to your child about the implications of social media. Getting a sense of what they think is a useful place to start; you may be surprised by how much thought they may have given to the issues.
Encourage your child to think carefully about the way they, and others behave online, and how they might deal with difficult situations.
You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children at:
NSPCC Internet Safety
Ask About Games
Concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online?
If you stumble across criminal sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation
Staying Safe with Friends
Please be aware that we have been notified of a serious concern regarding a game called ‘Doki Doki Literature Club’ which poses a potentially serious threat to children.
This is a game developed in 2017 and is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature. The game warns that it is not suitable for children, however the graphics etc are clearly aimed at young people. This game is free of charge but upgrades can be purchased to unlock extra content.
The NSPCC Online Safety team are aware of the existence of this game should you wish to contact them with any concerns regarding your child accessing this game.
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