The holidays are a great time to sit down with children and manage expectations. Some children will spend as much time online and playing games as they possibly can, but this isn't practical, there has to be a balance between family and socialisation. Here's a link to a family agreement template from Childnet...
Their key message for parents and carers is to remind their children that if they ever see something online that frightens or worries them, or been approached by someone they don’t know who makes them feel uncomfortable, they should talk to a trusted adult about this. If a child, or their families come to you with a concern that their child may have seen, or been involved in, a viral scare or suicide challenge, you should follow your safeguarding procedures. With the schools summer holidays upon us, you can also remind parents and carers that as well as reading the Thinkuknow article, they can report content directly on the platform or service they are using. If they are concerned about contact made to their child online, they can also report to CEOP www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre or contact Devon and Cornwall Police.
There is a wealth of information available to support schools, colleges and parents/carers to keep children safe online. The following list is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point:
Childnet provide guidance for schools on cyberbullying
Educateagainsthate provides practical advice and support on protecting childrenfrom extremism and radicalisation
UK Council for Internet Safety have provided advice on, and an Online SafetyAudit Tool to help mentors of trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers inductmentees and provide ongoing support, development and monitoring
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Online safety guidance ifyou own or manage an online platform provides practical steps on how companiescan embed safety into the design of their online platforms. It offers information oncommon platform features and functions (such as private messaging) and theirrisks, as well as steps that can be taken to manage that risk.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) A business guide forprotecting children on your online platform provides guidance to businesses onhow to protect children on their online platform. It outlines existing regulatoryrequirements and provides best practice advice on how to protect children’spersonal data, ensure content is appropriate for the age of users, ensure positiveuser-to-user interactions and address child sexual exploitation and abuse.