Keeping your child safe.

School Information: Advice for Parents

Children’s engagement with the internet and social media

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report looking into how well children are prepared to engage with the internet. Findings include: opaque and lengthy social media terms and conditions mean children unknowingly waive privacy rights; a Mumsnet survey of nearly 900 parents of children aged 2-18 showed that 73% were concerned about their children accessing inappropriate material online, 49% were worried about their child oversharing personal information, and 41% felt they needed more advice to make informed decisions about their children’s online use. Recommendations include: a champion for children’s rights online is needed to enforce their rights with social media companies; an obligatory digital citizenship programme for 4 to 14 year-olds should be set up.

Children's Commissioner for England

Online Safety Campaign from the NSPCC

In January 2017, the NSPCC and O2 launched a campaign to illustrate how innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results.
Highlights how using parental controls to block or filter content can help keep children safe online and includes javascript:; information on how to set up parental controls on mobiles and tablets, home computers, search engines and games consoles.

NSPCC Campaign

Internet Safety

The internet is now largely seen as a basic right, however as in the real world, it is fraught with dangers.
It is important then, to make sure that children are allowed to experiment in a controlled manner and that they are made aware of dangers that may be lurking.

Internet Safety

Digital Identity

A tattoo is permanent, much like the information we post online. The photos we share, the comments we write, the videos we ‘like’. Even if we delete them, they may still be out there – saved and shared by others, or even kept by the site or app itself.

Digital Identity

21st Century Children

The South West Grid for Learning (SWGFL) are national leaders in the area of E-Safety and we are proud to be associated with them. They have a variety of resources available to support schools and carers in the area of E-Safety.

We have embedded some of their videos (produced specifically for parents) here to help you, as parents, understand some of the challenges faced by children.

21st Century Children

Safeguarding in Sport

There has been a lot of news in the media recently regarding safeguarding failures in sports clubs, notably football. Below are some links to provide guidance for all parents if their children are involved in any sports clubs or activities.

The NSPCC runs the Child protection in sport unit which has a web site with a lot of useful information for sports clubs and for parents: Child Protection in Sport.
Specific advice for parents can be found at: What to look for in a sports club.

The Poole Family information directory also has good guidance for parents about the questions to ask when looking for a club or activity for their child: Poole Family Information Directory.

This includes a link to guidance for dance and drama schools.

Safeguarding in Sport

Protecting the Vulnerable

Protecting the vulnerable

Self Harm Online Training for Parents

If you are worried that your child may be self harming, but don’t know how to talk to them about it then this short free online course may be of help.

Understanding Young Minds