Online Safety

Last updated 29/01/20

Safer Internet Day 2020 is on Tuesday 11th February. During the week, children will attend assemblies and take part in class activities to help them learn how to stay safe online and use the Internet in a positive way. A parent workshop will take place later in the year. Please look out for details on forthcoming newsletters.

Our children use the internet much more than previous generations and the safe use of the internet brings many challenges for parents and schools.  The Police Safer Schools and Communities Team have provided the following advice and guidance for parents of school children.  It was prepared in the run up to Safer Internet Day in February 2020 but is relevant all year round...

  1. Do you have questions about online safety? Look at the NSPCC website or contact the NSPCC phone helpline on 0808 8005002.
  2. Did you know you can set up age appropriate parental controls on your home broadband? Find out more.
  3. Ensure your children are using appropriate websites, apps and gamers using age ratings and review sites such as Common Sense Media or for games PEGI game rating or Ask about games
  4. Do you and your children understand the risks of livestreaming? Find out more from ThinkUKnow
  5. What should you do if your child sees something upsetting online? Follow the advice on UK Safer Internet Centre blog.
  6. How many hours a day do you think is acceptable for your child to be on devices? Find out more from Childnet
  7. How well do your young people know their contacts on their social networking sites, games or their media? Keep talking to them about who they communicate with … Not sure where to begin – Check out these conversation starter tips from Childnet
  8. Download the termly Online Safety Newsletter for Parents produced by Dorset Police Safe Schools & Communities Team.
  9. Looking for good online safety information for your 9 to 12-year old? Try the BBC #OwnIt website or app for lots of different articles, videos and ideas to help your child navigate the online space safely
  10. Does your child need advice and support after being bullied online? Look at StopSpeakSupport or Childline
  11. Do you have a child using Tik Tok? This app can be fun, but there are risks. Find out more in the parent guide from ParentZone
  12. How do you encourage your child or young person away from their screens and be more engaged in family time?  For ideas visit the FID

The latest edition of 'Digital Parenting' magazine from Vodafone is also an excellent, accessible resource. It is available as a hard copy from here or can be downloaded from here. Hard copies will be sent out to all parents of children in years 3 to 6 in the near future. Look out for them in book bags!