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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Protecting the VulnerableProtecting 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.