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Useful resources for Parents and Carers

09 January 2015

A teenager writes; 'I read technology articles quite often and see plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice to this discussion. This is where I would like to provide my own humble opinion.'

You can read more Here

09 January 2015

On Friday 9 January, NSPCC  launch a public education campaign, called Share Aware, to help parents keep their children safe online.

The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 – the age at which they start doing more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices. The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.

The Share Aware campaign aims to give parents the tools to feel confident to have these conversations. The campaign directs parents to a range of new resources, including NetAware, a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use – as rated by parents and young people themselves. We will be providing information on this guide at the time of the launch.

There is also a downloadable guide and a hard copy booklet for parents, containing top tips for keeping your child safe online, as well conversation starters to help parents have conversations with their children.

 The Share Aware resources can be accesed Here

27 November 2014

The Wireless Report 2014

SOME OF THE UK'S MOST COMPREHENSIVE BULLYING STATISTICS, AVAILABLE NOW.

'Welcome to The Wireless Report 2014, one of the UK's most comprehensive reports into the ways in which young people aged 13-25 are currently engaging with and abusing smartphone technology. This report uncovers new facts and figures surrounding the rates of young people engaging in sexting and the distribution of naked imagery, along with abuse received and reported on some of the most popular smartphone exclusive social network apps.'

 

Read the report and headline statistics on bullying and sexting

17 November 2014

'The dangers of Facebook to teens and young people is well documented. From online predators to cyber bullying, parties gone wrong to sextortion, it's had its fair share of bad press.

But it's not just Facebook where teens are hanging out. In fact, it isn't as popular as you might think.

Teens' interest in Facebook is fading and they're heading in droves to apps and social platforms where they can't bump into their dads, and can post photos without shocking Grandma.

If you want to protect your kids you need to know where they are. Here are 7 apps and websites you need to be aware of:'

17 November 2014

UK Safer Internet Centre have created resource packs for Teachers and parents and carers.

'This year's theme for Safer Internet Day is Let's create a better internet together. Please check out our resource packs for 3-11 year olds (primary) and 11-19 year olds (secondary), as well as the parent and carer pack, providing lots of great ideas to help schools, youth groups and other organisations get involved in Safer Internet Day 2015.'

Resources are here