Here you will find advice on current online trends, gaming, social media and how to report online behaviour and seek help.
- E-Safety Advice & Support
- Learn more about what children use
- Social Media & Messaging App Advice
Today, we live in a society where it is very difficult to avoid going online. Being a conscientious digital citizen who contributes positively to the digital world around them and who critically evaluates their place within this digital world, is all part of the new Curriculum for Wales. As part of the Digital Competence Framework pupils will be taught to be prepared for and ready to encounter the positive and negative aspects of being a digital citizen and will develop strategies and tools to aid them as they become independent consumers and producers.
Parents/carers please report any concerns you may have linked to online safety to the school, via firstname.lastname@example.org
What to do if a child has come to you and needs help, follow the advice here on Childnet’s Get Help page.
The Report Harmful Content website can help you with issues such as cyberbullying, impersonation and threats.
Report worrying behaviour towards children such as online grooming or sexual abuse from CEOP (ceop.police.uk)
You can discuss online gaming and other important e-safety topics with your children by using one of the following links:
Not sure how to get started, these links have some excellent helpful advice, downloadable packs and a film to help start making conversations with your children about e-safety
Advice for parents and carers from Childnet (childnet.com/parents-and-carers) with toolkits and downloadable resources.
Don’t forget Safer Internet Day at the start of February each year. Follow the trends by hashtags #playyourpart and #SaferInternetDay, as well as the tag @UK_SIC.
OFCOM children and parent’s media use report 2022 This report looks at media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 3-17. The report is intended to provide a comprehensive picture of children’s media experiences in 2021 as a reference for industry, policymakers, academics and the general public.
The World Wide Web and the technologies used by your children can sometimes feel intimidating, especially if you are not internet savvy, use the technologies regularly yourself or don’t know anything about a particular site or app.
Tips, advice and guides on how to support your child using a variety of different devices from mobiles to smart speakers from the UK Safer Internet Centre (saferinternet.org.uk/parents)
Reviews and information on the suitability of games, apps, TV shows and websites from Common Sense Media (commonsense.org)
Help on using parental controls and privacy settings from Internet Matters (internetmatters.org./controls)
Learn about cutting edge AI technology which is being developed to keep our children safe online. Project DRAGON-S is working to keep children safe from this form of technology-assisted child abuse (DRAGON-S stands for Developing Resistance Against Grooming Online – Spot and Shield)
Providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online visit getsafeonline.org
Further advice on keeping safe online can be found on Hwb hwb.gov.wales/zones/keeping-safe-online/ and read more articles from experts at hwb.gov.wales/zones/keeping-safe-online/views-from-the-experts/
The world of social media and the various apps which both children and adults use to communicate are constantly changing. To help you find out more about these apps and sites, and to set privacy settings, follow the links below:
Whether we like it or not, online gaming is an established part of many of our children’s lives. Why not read these interesting articles to broaden your knowledge.