Online safety at home
- Help them to identify a trusted adult that they can approach during this period, even if this means on the phone. Encourage them to speak to you or another adult immediately if they have any worries or concerns.
- Remind them that they can always call Childline (or other helpline such as the one from The Mix) if they have any worries, big or small – whether it’s something that has happened online, stress about being stuck at home, arguments with siblings or anxiety about Coronavirus.
- Make sure they know that they can always report to CEOP if they are worried about sexual abuse online. Young people can also report to CEOP if they are worried about a friend.
The best thing you can do is make sure they would feel they could talk to you if they were ever worried – make sure they know that you would never blame them for anything that might happen online.
4. Set up or review your parental controls
Setting parental controls can be a quick and effective tool to help protect your children online, and should be installed on all devices that children use. For advice and support in setting these controls, please read our Thinkuknow article.
Help and Resources
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – CEOP’s one-stop shop for internet safety. Has a section for teachers and trainers to access free resources
www.digital-literacy.org.uk – The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) have created this collection of resources to teach digital literacy to all age groups
www.childnet.com – Produce videos and resources for children, young people, parents and professionals. Includes resources for younger age groups such as Smartie the Penguin and Digi Duck
www.saferinternet.org.uk – Provides information on internet safety for all age groups, as well as for parents and professionals. Safer Internet Day information can be found here
www.internetmatters.org – A site dedicated to helping parents keep their children safe online. Includes guidance on how to set up parental controls
www.netaware.com – NSPCC run site which helps parents understand the latest technology and apps used by children and young people
www.childline.org.uk – Offers and online and phone based counselling and support service. Will not appear on phone bills and is a Freephone number – 0800 1111
www.kooth.com – An anonymous online counselling service for young people in Lincolnshire
www.iwf.org.uk – The Internet Watch Foundation is an internet industry funded body who seek to remove images of child abuse from the internet
www.samaritans.org – Samaritans offer a safe place to talk and is available for anyone to contact, either through their website or by phone on 116 123
If you are suspicious or have any concerns that a Child is suffering or is likely to suffer ‘Significant Harm’, including any form of mistreatment or abuse, please call the Customer Service Centre (CSC) on 01522 782111
If you have concerns about the immediate safety of a child, you can call Lincolnshire Police on 101 or, in an emergency, dial 999
CEOP also offer an online ‘Report Abuse’ button which can be accessed at www.thinkuknow.co.uk