Safeguarding Children in a Digital World

Today's technology provides us with wonderful and amazing opportunities to enrich our lives, but it can also allow unwelcome and even dangerous people to interact with us and our children. Now more than ever before, it is imperative that parents, teachers and children work closely together to prevent online abuse on all fronts. These are some of the websites available to help you keep yourself and your children safe.

Think U Know

Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

Childnet International

Childnet International's mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.

KidSMART 

KIdsmart, from Childnet International, helps young people (and parents) understand more about potential dangers online and is packed with videos, text and weblinks full of tips for keeping safe.

Kidsmart introduces the SMART rules of online safety and teaches children how to use dfferent technologies more safely - from mobiles to music, from games to social networking.

O2 Digital Family

This site is by O2 in association with the NSPCC. Aimed at helping parents to understand what their children may encounter online.

Facebook Family Safety Centre

This is facebook's e-safety site.

Get Safe Online

This site discusses, in an easy to understand language, the current Internet threats and what to do to avoid them. We’d suggest you start by testing your safety skills to have an idea about how safety savvy you are. Next, read the Beginner’s Guide and learn the essentials to feel safe online. Finally, we recommend you explore the link ‘I need more detailed advice’.

There you’ll get information on how to protect your PC, Mac, or Linux computer, how to protect yourself, and how to protect your family and your family computer, among other things.

Vodafone Digital Parenting Site

This site is aimed at parents, helping them to understand the issues facing children online. Vodafone digital parenting magazine – Online viewer for the excellent Vodafone Digital Parenting magazine.

Common Sense Media

This site is particularly useful for finding out about games, apps and films that your child may want to watch or play. Search for a game and you will see a comprehensive description of what the game involves, who it is suitable for and any inappropriate content it may contain.

CBBC Stay Safe 

Aimed at children, the CBBC's Stay Safe website invites children to join Hacker T. Dog and friends in learning how to stay safe on the web. The site has lots of content featuring characters children are familiar with from T.V. There are quizes, games and videos to educate children in a fun way.