Keeping our young people safe

For young people the internet and the increasing number of digital devices they use to connect to it is an integral part of their everyday lives. Whether they use it to express themselves or to stay in touch with friends, for entertainment or education, the internet can provide tremendous benefits and most use it safely.

But while digital technology provides a wealth of opportunities, we are all aware that there are online risks and sometimes these risks can lead to harm. At the same time, while young people’s ‘offline’ and ‘online’ worlds are often merging, the behaviours and safeguards of the ‘real’ world are not always applied in a ‘virtual’ world where friends can be added at the click of a button and information shared in an instant.

Below are useful links to help both parents and children on “how to stay safe on the internet” these links are designed to provided sufficient information to help you get started in the job of guiding our children towards becoming more aware of the dangers they might face when using information and communication technologies.

Useful Links

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
Think U Know
Internet Watch Foundation
Get Safe Online.org
Safer Internet.org.uk

You may find the documents below helpful to keep you informed as parents about some of the more popular social media and gaming websites/apps that children are accessing.