If a young person needs help or wants to speak to someone regarding something that has happened online or offline – use the following helplines on this webpage: https://www.childnet.com/young-people/secondary/need-help
If a young person wants to report abuse on a specific site, or in more serious cases, report to the police or other bodies that regulate bodies on the internet, they can use the following site: https://www.childnet.com/resources/how-to-make-a-report
This online reputation checklist is a simple way for young people to learn what a digital footprint is and how this this can be either negative or positive and can even influence their future: https://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Online-Reputation-Checklist.pdf
The Safer Internet Centre Site provides information and advice if students are unsure how to stay safe online (the site caters for ages 3-11 and 11-19): https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people
Some small guide checklists for students if they’re not sure how to set privacy settings/blocking someone on certain apps:
Some extremely important Top Tips to remember are:
- Protect your online reputation: use the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
- Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
- Don’t give in to pressure: once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.
- Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
- Acknowledge your sources: use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.
For parent’s, National Online Safety have a campaign called Wake Up Wednesday whereby they release a pdf guide every week discussing a social media app or online game. It gives a brief description of what the app/game is then lists what risks it has as well as top tips for parents. They have also released guides for topics such as pressures online and mental health in young people. You have to create an account in order to download the guides, but this is all free: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=School-Closures-GuidesSocial
As well for parents Internet Matters provide information on parental controls and offers clear and concise step-by-step guides for how to set these up on apps/devices and even as far as blocking certain websites from being accessed wifi: https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/
Online Safety Tips and checklist for Parents 11-13: https://pwxp5srs168nsac2n3fnjyaa-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Internet-matters-Parent-Age-Guides-11-13.pdf
Online Safety tips and checklist for Parents 14+: https://pwxp5srs168nsac2n3fnjyaa-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Internet-matters-Parent-Age-Guides-14.pdf
For some families it might be useful to have a ‘Family Agreement’ whereby you talk through how they use the internet and how to behave positively online. There is also an ‘Online Safety Agreement’ option to cater for non family settings e.g. foster carers and youth groups: https://www.childnet.com/resources/family-agreement
As well as social media there is also online gaming where the same rules to stay safe apply, however, there are many concerns that come along with this, for instance:
- Online Gaming Addiction
- Contact with Strangers
- Online gaming health
- Online Video Game Costs and Gambling
- Online Gaming Effects on Behaviour
Internet matters provides information on parental controls and more information to do with online gaming from the basics, the risks, the benefits and the resources that are available: https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-gaming-advice/the-basics/#advice
Further to this there is also more information regarding online gaming : https://www.internetmatters.org/about-us/our-partners/supercell-internet-matters-corporate-partner/gaming-advice/
Online Gaming Safety tips and checklist for Parents 11-13: https://pwxp5srs168nsac2n3fnjyaa-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Internet-Matters-Guide-Gaming-advice-PreTeens.pdf
Online Gaming Safety tips and checklist for Parents 14+: https://pwxp5srs168nsac2n3fnjyaa-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Internet-Matters-Guide-Gaming-advice-Teens.pdf
Mobile Gaming: https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-gaming-advice/mobile-gaming-tips-for-parents/