The online world is rapidly developing and many of our children now have access to devices which enable them to connect to the internet, take images or video and communicate with others. Here at Akroydon we play a role in helping children to understand not only how they can use this constantly developing world, but also how they can remain safe. This page contains some useful information for parents.
Young people spend an average of 12 to 13 hours a week online and yet a survey by Ofcom has shown that 1 in 5 parents admit that they do not know enough about how they can help prepare their children for the risks of the online world.
Some of the issues related to primary pupils using the internet are:
- Accessing inappropriate content on the internet;
- Using ‘mature’ social networking sites such as Facebook and connecting with individuals they don’t know;
- Being cyberbullied by others on the internet;
- Using technology inappropriately, e.g. webcams and cameras on mobile devices;
- Sharing personal information with others they don’t know on the internet;
- Playing video games with adult rating, e.g. Call of Duty.
The links below provide useful support and advice for all parents:
Thinkuknowhow: how parents can help their child to stay safe online
The Little Big Book of Badness: covering a wide range of online safety areas including Spyware, Scareware, Facebook rules, password protection and downloading apps. The Little Big Book of Badness
Our website also features the Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) button; pressing ths activities a reporting form that allows the reporting of websites, or grooming or online abuse.
Parent Info: a Government online tool that helps parents in a variety of areas including managing money in a digital world to having a healthy body image. Parent Info