Internet Matters http://www.internetmatters.org.uk can help you to find out more about what your children might be doing online and give you some simple, practical and easy advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them as safe as possible.
Partners working in Durham now have access to a wealth of ‘Get Safe Online’ resources. Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of factual and easy to understand information on online safety.
There is a range of advice and information practitioners can access concerning safeguarding children. This includes gaming, texting and sexting, apps, cyberbullying, online radicalisation and safe browsing amongst others.
Other subjects such as social networking, protecting your tablets, smartphones, protecting yourself and online shopping and banking will also be of interest.
The website can be found at www.getsafeonline.org/durham
Ashleigh Hall, a 17 year old from County Durham, was raped and murdered by a stranger posing as a teenage boy on an internet social networking site. Her parents have worked together with police to create “Ashleigh’s Rules” so that other children and young people can be kept safe, here
For more information and support to help keep children and young people safe from online abuse see NSPCC’s Share Aware resources , https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/ and also their Net Aware resource, https://www.net-aware.org.uk/, which enables you to search for and get reviews of all of the latest sites and apps so that you are fully informed of the risks.
Further specific support for parents can also be accessed through the National Crime Agency’s thinkuknow website, http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Meet Jessie & Friends: online safety education for 4-7 years from ThinkUKnow
Jessie & Friends is a three-episode animated series which aims to equip 4-7 year olds with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to help them stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online. Access the link here
To access further awareness on spotting the signs of online harm, see here
The Cyber Harm Reduction team within Durham Constabulary are keen to promote these parents guides,
For information on Sexting see here
For information on Snapchat see here
See also a parents guide to Houseparty here
Parental control apps also exist such as https://ourpact.com to help you keep your children safe.