Do you know how to keep your child safe?
In order to reduce the online risks to teenagers it is important that parents and carers engage with their children and are aware of the simple measures that are available to stay safe online. The top ways to start conversations about this are:
1. Ask children to tell you about what sites they visit and what they enjoy doing online. Let them teach you, even if you already think you know it all. The people who know best about what your children are up to online, are your children. Ask them questions such as:
• Why do they like the site?
• What can they do on it?
• What’s so fun about it?
• Who uses it at Whitcliffe Mount?
• Who you can talk to?
• Who are their friends on it?
This is a good way to develop a trusting relationship with your child about what they are up to online.
2. Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share online?
3. Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block the services they use.
Facebook- must be at least 13 years old - click on their profile, then on the 'message' button dropdown and you will see the option to 'unfriend'. You can also block a person this way.
Twitter – no age limit- to remove or block someone on Twitter, click on the button with a head icon on it next to the ‘Follow’ button on a user’s profile. If you click on this you will see a menu with the options to BLOCK the user to prevent them from seeing your profile, and vice versa, and you can also REPORT FOR SPAM, which will alert Twitter to any users who are abusing the service.
YouTube - must be at least 18 years old- go to your account page and click on "All Contacts" link in the "Friends and Contacts" section. Choose which person you want to unfriend and the click on "Remove Contacts". From then on the person won't be on your "Share Video" list.
WhatsApp - must be at least 16 years old – You can click on the name and then you will be taken to a dropdown menu and you can then choose to block the person.
Snapchat – must be at least 13 years old - to block a user who added you follow the steps below. Tap 'Added Me' on the Profile Screen. Then tap their name, and tap the wheel icon next to their name. Press 'Block' to prevent them from sending you Snaps, Chats, or from viewing your Stories.
Instagram - must be at least 13 years old – when you block someone, they can't see your profile or posts. People aren't notified when you block them. To block or unblock someone, tap their username to open their profile and then tap the three dots and press the option to block user.
Bing, Google and most other frequently used search engines all have a safe search setting which filters out most undesirable content. Look for the cog icon, which is also available on Youtube.
The vast majority of devices that connect to the internet, including PCs, laptops, tablets, phones and games consoles all have parental controls and allow restrictions to age-restricted content to be created. All ISPs allow parental controls to be activated on your home internet connection. Further advice and instructions are available on this link:
To help parents and carers take greater responsibility for keeping their children safe and for the actions they take online . Covering risks posed and actions to keep safe, these guides cover the big four social media platforms young people will be currently using (Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and TikTok).
Finally, the sites below offer further useful advice and information:
- West Yorkshire Police: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/online-crime-safety
- Get Safe Online: www.getsafeonline.org/police/resources
- Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection: www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre
- Think U Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
- NSPCC Online Safety: www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety
- Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org
- UK Safer Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk
- Fearless Resources: www.fearless.org/en/professionals/resources
- Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
- NCA Cyber Crime: www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/crime-threats/cyber-crime
- Cyber Aware: www.cyberaware.gov.uk
- National Cyber Security Centre: www.ncsc.gov.uk
- South West Grid for Learning: www.swgfl.org.uk/products-services/online-safety
- Common Sense Media: www.commonsensemedia.org
- Protect Young Eyes: www.protectyoungeyes.com
Miss K Bland - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs L Brentley - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss H Sproson - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss C Elsey - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss A Kopasz - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead