Protecting your child online
Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. Children and young people may experience cyberbullying, grooming, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or emotional abuse.
Children can be at risk of online abuse from people they know, as well as from strangers. Online abuse may be part of abuse that is taking place in the real world (for example bullying or grooming). Or it may be that the abuse only happens online (for example persuading children to take part in sexual activity online).
Children can feel like there is no escape from online abuse – abusers can contact them at any time of the day or night, the abuse can come into safe places like their bedrooms, and images and videos can be stored and shared with other people.
William Law CE Primary School encourages parents and children to visit the CEOP website (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) www.thinkuknow.co.uk to build knowledge of how to stay safe online. This website has lots of fun activities where children can gain vital information on staying safe.
Setting Parental Controls
Here is a useful website which shows you how to set parental controls on all the devices used in home with easy to follow screen shots.
Talking to your child about the dangers online can be a tricky thing to do. The NSPCC offer some brilliant advice and guidelines. The key is to be as open and honest with children as is appropriate for their age. If you need any further advice, please do not hesitate to contact school and we can guide you further.
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency, and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP is available to help young people (up to age 18) who have been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world. They also offer advice and links to support in response to other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying or hacking. For information, advice and to report concerns directly to CEOP, visit the Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button above.
Watch the NSPCC Online Safety Workshop held at school.