Safe digital learning is a priority. We've listed some of the best websites and apps that help to develop online safety below:
Support, sites and apps for parents
Parent Zone - Access it HERE.
The Foundation is a member of the Digital School Programme with Parent Zone. All our parents therefore have access to the Parent Lounge - a dedicated area of expert-curated content for free, including:
- Online training
- Expert advice and information on all things digital
- Access to a free help service for all your tech questions
The new online parenting programme in the Parent Lounge covers four modules:
- Online risk and harm
- What makes some online spaces riskier than others?
- Tools to keep your children safer online
- Digital Parenting
PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE WHICH GIVES DETAILS ON HOW TO CREATE A LOGIN TO ACCESS THE PARENT LOUNGE.
Common sense media has a superb “ultimate guide to parental controls”. Access it HERE.
Google Family Link app. Access it HERE.
Google’s Family Link app lets you set digital ground rules to help guide your children/teens as they learn, play, and explore online. You are able to:
- view their activity
- manage their apps
- direct then to teacher recommended apps
- set limits on screen time
- lock their device
- see where they are
The app can be downloaded from Google Play or Apple Store.
Ultimate guides to social media
Common sense media has some superb “ultimate guides” to all the common social media platforms that young people use today. These can be found HERE.
Safety and Privacy settings for social media apps
Learn how to adjust the “safety and privacy settings” in some of the most popular social media apps (Instagram, SnapChat, Facebook, Twitter) to help keep children safe online. Access it HERE.
Parent Info - access it HERE
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations, covering everything from online safety to body image.
Digital Parenting Magazine from Vodafone - access it HERE
This Digital Parenting Magazine covers a range of topics from cyberbullying and parental controls to gaming and peer pressure. The archive of magazines can be found at the link above.
Building a positive digital footprint
Five steps towards a healthy digital footprint:
1. Check their online presence regularly - Type your child’s name into a search engine. See what comes up.
2. Consider who and what they like and follow - The social media accounts they follow or like say a lot about them.
3. Nurture their creativity - Many platforms are a great way to showcase your child’s talents (eg Creating blogs/vlogs/videos)
4. Show off their achievements - Having an online presence can be a great way for your children to keep a record of their achievements.
5. Be aware before they share - It is really important not to share contact details or post anything online that tells people where your child lives, goes to school or hangs out.
For further information on how to build a positive digital footprint, click HERE.
Support, sites and apps for pupils
BBC Own it app - access it HERE
This app for smartphones, which features a special keyboard, combines machine-learning technology with the ability to keep a diary of a child’s emotions and allow them the chance to record how they are feeling and why. In response, the app can offer help and support, giving advice if their behaviour strays outside safe and sensible norms. Children can access the app at any time to get instant, on-screen advice and support the moment they need it.
The BBC Own It special keyboard will appear wherever a keyboard would surface normally - and offers real-time, in-the-moment help and advice on whatever a child is typing, for example if a child is typing something which might be upsetting to the person receiving it. It can also recognise if a child types personal details and reminds them to think twice about whether it is safe to share. It can even recognise language that might suggest a child is in trouble and will offer them advice and encourage them to talk to a trusted adult.
For more detailed information on how it works head HERE.
Where can pupils get help and advice?
There are many charities and helplines where pupils can get advice and support. The BBC Own It website has links to many of these organisations in one place. Access it Here.
Thinkuknow.co.uk (CEOP – excellent age appropriate videos)