The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children and young people, and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers. Learning how to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of safeguarding our children.
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 children and young people 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 online safety issues:
National Online Safety
An organisation that works in partnership with The West Molesey Centre, providing Parents & Carers courses, online video resources and weekly guides covering a huge range of topics. 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. Please see more at the by clicking here.
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 provide 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
This is a great resource that examines current TV, films and games, which bills itself as reviewing what your kids are into (before they get into it).
This is a charity which provides online safety resources, advice and articles, including Social Media Checklists. Click here for more information.
Internet Watch Foundation
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) work to stop the repeated victimisation of people abused in childhood, and 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 is an website promoting Safer Internet Day, an event that takes place annually in February and celebrated and promoted at The West Molesey Centre.
The Guardians' 'Children's Tech'
This is a really informative website providing updated articles and information on latest in children’s technology.
Helpful Documents and Further Reading