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Useful resources for Parents and Carers

09 December 2013

"Facebook is the world's largest social network with more than 400 million people chatting and sharing their lives. It's important for parents to understand how social networks work so that you can help your child to stay safe online. But you might also be on Facebook and need a bit of help. With so many applications, external services and friend requests to deal with, keeping the right information private is becoming even more important."

 

Read more here.

08 November 2013

This year's theme for Safer Internet day is 'let's create a better internet together.' UK Safer Internet Centre has created primary and secondary school packs and also a parent pack, providing lots of great ideas to help schools and organisations get involved in Safer Internet Day 2014.

Download the packs here

This year’s theme for Safer Internet day is ‘let’s create a better internet together.’ We have createdprimaryandsecondary school packs and also aparent pack, providing lots of great ideas to help schools and organisations get involved in Safer Internet Day 2014.
07 October 2013

 

Leading online safety experts have pulled together pragmatic advice for parents on sexting: "A Parents Guide to dealing with Sexting: what to do and how to handle it". This follows on from a high level of demand from schools and parents and compliments the advice that they produced earlier in the year 'Sexting in schools - A toolkit. What to do and how to handle it'.

See the resource here.

30 September 2013

The Digital Citizen Pledge

Digital citizens pledge to...

Communicate responsibly and kindly with one another

Protect our own and others' private information online

Stand up to cyberbullying

Respect each other's ideas and opinions

Give proper credit when we use others' work.

Fill in your own!

 

The poster outlines the different items that your students will agree to, and even leaves some space to write in additional items that you and your class can create and agree to together. It is designed to be signed by your students and kept in the classroom as a reminder. You can download the poster here.

27 September 2013

'As Facebook's popularity among teens is starting to wane, you might be wondering what the new "it" social network is. But the days of a one-stop shop for all social networking needs are over. Instead, teens are dividing their attention between an array of apps and tools that let them write, share, video chat, and even shop for the latest trends.'

Read more at CommonSense Media.

18 September 2013

'What does every princess need? A dress? A tiara? Glass slippers? A palace? A fairy Godmother? A handsome prince?

No. What every princess needs – what we all need – is autonomy. Every one of the Disney Princesses struggles to get the kind of life they want, pushed in ways they don't want by powerful forces, by established norms, and by systems that seem designed to control them. How can they break free? How can they gain the autonomy they want? One key tool for all of them is to have more control over their privacy and their identity.' Continue reading..