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Online Safety

Gaming - information for parents and carers

ThinkUKnow (CEOP) have written a pretty comprehensive article for parents and carers regarding gaming including chatting, risks, tips etc. You can view the full article here:

BBC OwnIt - digital wellbeing app

One for your parents newsletter - the BBC have launched a new app for children called Own It. The app monitors how young people interact with others online and uses artificial intelligence to evaluate the mood of the child so it can offer advice. For example if the child types 'you're really stupid' the app will alert the sender and ask if they really want to send. It does a lot more and definitely worth a look. For more information see here:

Sexting Laws across America

Although American, as a conversation starter in a lesson this is really useful for all secondary schools. Essentially it's a map and table showing the different sexting laws across different states. You can use this in the classroom to stimulate conversations about those laws, why they are in place, should the same laws apply everywhere, different attitudes to the law, are the laws unfair on young people who are experimenting sexually and so much more.

To see the map and table click here:

Google Family Link - parental control software

Another one for your newsletter. Family Link has been around for some time, but has recently had a much-needed update. You can now limit screen time per app (instead of the whole device) as well as track activity, set daily limits, view device location and more.

See here for more information:

Swiggle - child friendly search engine for younger children

For use at home and in school, Swiggle is a child-friendly search engine developed by South West Grid for Learning and built on the Google Safe Search technology. It is free, ad free, has a reporting page for children and adults, active blocking of inappropriate search strings and even a Swigglebot to give advice.

For more information go to the link below and look at the menu (top right of page)

BBFC - Making choices: sex, relationships and age ratings

This is a new secondary resource created by the BBFC and the PSHE Association to equip students with the skills needed to make considered and informed choices about the content they watch, coping with peer pressure and recognise the differences between real life and on-screen relationships. Click below to download three lesson plans, a teaching guide and extension activities:

Vulnerable Children in a Digital World (The Cybersurvey)

For 11-16 year olds.

If you read the Vulnerable Children in a Digital World report a few months ago you will know how important this type of research is to all of us. But to enable that to happen it needs lots of people to take part in the survey. The people that brought you that report, Youthworks and Internet Matters, are looking for more 11-16 year olds to take part in this crucial survey which happens every year. They have provisionally been awarded a research grant to explore what might lie behind how kids act online, such as motivation, loneliness, social isolation etc. Please do consider taking part and see the link for more information and how to apply.

In case you haven't seen the Vulnerable Children in a Digital World report you can download here:


* New* Parental Controls for Games Consoles

All modern gaming devices offer parental controls to help you manage how your child uses their device, but these do need to be set up in order for them to be operational. Please follow the link below to help you set up Parental Guides

Parental Console Guides

* New Online Safety Information - Free Resource

As part of our continued campaign to ensure that your child stays safe online, we have sourced a free guide for parents & carers to help you understand the risks young people face when ‘sexting’.

Often referred to as the ‘new flirting for children’, sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages, images or videos over a digital device. It’s important that you understand the risks and legalities around sexting to ensure that your children know how to protect themselves from harm. This free guide  covers what you need to know to help keep your children safe, including the law, information about what to do if an indecent image/video has been shared, and more.

You can find a copy of the free resource, by following the links below