The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But how do you keep track of what they’re doing and make sure they’re staying safe?
The NSPCC and O2 are working together to help you you’re your children safe when they are online. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
PANTS is the NSPCC’s current campaign for younger children. It uses a fun and catchy song to teach children about ‘the underwear rule’ – that the parts of the body covered by underwear are private. More information, resources and a video available here - PANTS
The NSPCC has a dedicated helpline for adults. This can be used by parents, family members, carers or professionals who would like guidance on any aspect of caring for a child. It can also be used to report a concern about a child. The number is 0808 800 5000. More information available here - NSPCC Helpline
Net Aware is a fantastic site which has been developed by the NSPCC and O2. It includes information about all the current popular apps, websites and online games that young people may use. It includes information about the age rating, potential safety risks and how to ensure children are safe when they use these apps and websites. Parents and carers may be particularly interested in using this site if they are curious about what their child is doing online - Net Aware
Parental controls are a great tool to help protect your children online. There is plenty of advise available to ohelp you. Using these controls might not be as difficult as you first thought, help is available!