The internet is a great way to have lots of different kinds of fun, keep in touch with friends, find material for homework or even buy things like music, books or games. However, if we are using the internet it is important we know how to keep ourselves safe when we are online.
In a recent survey conducted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit (CEOP) 82% of parents did not know what their children were doing on the internet, who they were talking to or what websites they were accessing.
The risks of the internet have increased with the popularity of internet and chat enabled mobile phones which mean our children can access the internet anywhere, anytime with or without supervision.
By following the advice below we can help our children to become safe and smart cyber citizens.
Social Media Safety
Online safety conversation "icebreakers"
O2, as part of its partnership with the NSPCC to help all children and families in the UK stay safe together online, has created a series of weekly emails for parents and carers to help them start a conversation with their children about online safety. O2NSPCC
Advice for helping children set up a new profile
The UK Safer Internet Centre shares advice for parents and carers when helping their child set up a profile on a new site or game. Key points include: using a family email address; not using personal information (full name or date of birth) in a username; and making sure that profile pictures don’t include personal information clues such as school uniforms and house or street names.
Updated info regarding Snapchat
Snapchat is a picture sharing app that is hugely popular with young people. As of May 2017, the app was attracting 166m users a day. It is often referred to as 'the sexting app' - even though there’s no research showing that to be true, and plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that isn't the reason most teens use it. The app focuses on capturing ‘moments’ quickly with users taking images and videos and sending them instantly.
The unique feature of Snapchat is that images disappear within seconds. Snapchat users can specify how many seconds they would like their images to be seen by the recipient(s). This can range from 1 to 10 seconds. Snapchat’s latest update, as of June 2017, is a location-sharing feature called Snap Map. This feature has prompted some concern from parents and professionals working with children over privacy, and who can find out the exact location of their kids as you don't need to be friends with a user for them to see where you are.
To combat this, users can specify who they share their whereabouts with - all their friends or just a select few. They can even set it to ‘ghost mode’, where they can see where others are without sharing their own location. Thinkuknow - the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP - has created a guide for parents and carers to help them understand the functions and features of Snapchat and ways to help young people stay safe while using it.
This information has been provided by: http://parentinfo.org/article/snapchat-a-parents-guide
Click on the link below to read CEOP's comprehensive guide to Snapchat.
Have a look at these sites to find out how your child can enjoy using the internet and be safe at the same time.