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Keeping Children safe in Education 2021 highlights the risks around online safety

Stories and warnings often circulate, most have been found to be hoaxes, fake news or wildly exaggerated stories; however, it is important that the children, families and staff know how to seek help should they require it.

Seeing or hearing about this content can be distressing for both children and their families. If a child has not heard about the scare, it can make them curious, and they may look for the content online which they could find upsetting. 

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command suggests that if you are worried about information they have seen or heard, the article below, contains further information and links to other resources:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/theres-a-viral-scare-online-what-should-I-do/

Asking the Awkward - Discussing online relationships
The NCA and CEOP have produced a series of films called ‘Asking The Awkward’; their aim is to help parents and carers to explore online relationships with their secondary aged children, making these conversations part of everyday life. There are also help sheets available here, covering key topics from each film, with what parents/carers need to know, suggested conversation starters and links to further information.
The parents and carers introduction to ‘Asking The Awkward’ is designed to support parents and carers to prepare for regular conversations with their child about online relationships and related topics. It also offers advice on how to keep conversations positive and what to do if their child tells them something that worries them.

 

Please find below, a list of useful Internet Safety Websites:

https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/21259413

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/children-and-young-peoples-safety/internet-safety/

http://net-aware.org.uk

https://oursaferschools.co.uk/home-learning-hub

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/inappropriate-explicit-content

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety