The government has launched a new online tool for schools to give parents advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life.
The DfE press release states:
‘The new online service, called Parent Info, will give parents the information they need to help them navigate the minefield of issues children can now face on everything from spotting the warning signs of self-harm, to having a healthy body image and managing money in a digital world. As well as giving them the confidence and support to speak to their children on such sensitive issues, it will also provide them with pathways for where they can go for more hands on support on specific issues.’
‘Young people spend an average of 12 to 13 hours a week online and yet a survey by Ofcom has shown that 1 in 5 parents admit that they do not know enough about how they can help prepare their children for the risks of the online world.’
Click on the parentINFO logo above to go to the website.
Parents and guardians buying web-enabled devices such as smart phones, laptops and games consoles for children are being urged to enable security settings to help protect them online. As part of the ongoing ‘Who are you really talking to’ campaign, West Yorkshire Police has produced a number of easy to read guides for different social media applications and gaming consoles explaining how to set privacy levels and restrict access to information.
The guides and more information about the ‘Child Sexual Exploitation – Know the Signs’ campaign are available on the West Yorkshire Police website at:
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
To find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology you can follow the link below to the Thinkuknow website.
The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun. However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong.
If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there.You can report abuse by clicking on the link below.