The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children and young people therefore it is incredibly important that schools, parents and carers work together to safeguard our children, taking an active role in teaching them how to act safely when using the internet.
At The West Molesey Centre, we endeavour to provide children with the knowledge, skills, understanding and tools they need to stay safe and make positive choices online. This feeling of confidence, independence and empowerment can be further enhanced when parents and carers take an active role in supporting their child with their use of technology. However, we also understand that it is difficult to stay up to date with the latest devices, platforms, apps, trends and related threats.
The following is a selection of resources that aim to inform and support you in your understanding of online safety issues:
National Online Safety
An organisation that works in partnership with The West Molesey Centre, providing courses, online video resources and weekly guides for parents and carers. Please sign up using this link.
Part of the National Crime Agency, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) provides online safety resources for parents/carers and pupils through thinkuknow, including its 'Ask the Awkward' feature.
Childnet provides help and advice for a range of key online safety topics. For help and advice please click here.
In partnership with Ambitious about Autism, the NSPCC provides online safety tips, advice and activities specifically for parents and carers of children with SEND. For a wealth of information, please visit their website here.
Internet Matters provides a vast range of age-specific resources and guidance to empower parents and support families at home.
Common Sense Media
The Common Sense Media website is a great resource examining current TV, films and games - billing itself as reviewing what your kids are into (before they get into it).
This charity provides online safety resources, advice and articles, including social media checklists. Click here for more information.
Internet Watch Foundation
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to stop the repeated victimisation of people abused in childhood, and helps to make the internet a safer place.
Lucy Faithfull Foundation
This is the only UK-wide charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse through their Stop It Now! helpline and campaign. Click here for more information.
Safer Internet Day
As part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, this website promotes Safer Internet Day, an annual event in February.
The Guardians - 'Children's Tech'
This is a really informative website providing updated articles and information on the latest developments in technology aimed at children.
Helpful Documents and Further Reading