This month, we’d like to draw your attention to the fantastic resources available from NSPCC, who have teamed up with O2 to create help keep children safe online. The whole range of resources can be found here: tinyurl.com/zb38u72
The website includes guidance on the following:
- Setting up parental controls
- Being Share Aware – staying safe on social networks, apps and games
- Minecraft safety advice
- How to talk to children about online safety
However, I would like to focus on this aspect of the website – a guide to the social networks that your children may well be using. The fifteen most popular social networks are included below:
Amongst the familiar names are a number you may well never have heard of – many of which present real risks to children, despite being openly available for them to sign up.
Chatroulette is one such example – according to their website, they offer ‘a place where you can interact with new people over text-chat, webcam and mic’. However, feedback from parents and children suggest the site is a target for paedophiles and very much one to avoid.
The key message here is to ensure your home and mobile networks are safe using parental controls and talk to your child about how to stay safe online, whilst giving them freedom to learn and explore what the internet has to offer – not an easy balance to find!
Mr J Pitt