KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE ON MOBILE DEVICES
Around half of parents do not use internet controls or filtering software. 13 per cent of parents of children aged 5–15 have not heard of such controls. Parents are even less aware of safeguarding controls for mobile phones and games consoles. While children are generally aware of how they should behave to stay safe online, they often do not use these strategies
FILTER THROUGH YOUR WIFI
No filter or parental controls tool is 100% effective, and many of the risks that young people face online are because of their own and other’s behaviour. It is therefore important to talk to your children about staying safe online with your child and make sure they know that they can turn to you if they get into any difficulty. For more information about key topics such as cyberbullying, sexting and social networking, see the more advice for parents.
BUILT-IN SETTINGS ON THE IPAD
iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches include a feature called “guided access” that allows you to lock your device into a particular app.
General > Accessibility > Guided Access. Then triple-click the Home Button to turn it on and off.
SAFE BROWSING ON THE IPAD
There are numerous options available to you for safe browsing on the iPad rather than Safari which can be disabled in your restrictions (see BUILT-IN SETTINGS ON THE IPAD).
One is McGruff (see above) which is free but charges for certain tools such as scheduling and looking at historical reports for the device.
APPS FOR ANDROID AND KINDLE FIRE:
Paid For – Device Management & Monitoring
How to guide for Android with Mobicip
Famigo – allows certain free apps but paid apps are added to a wish list.
FREE APPS FOR ANDROID
Kids Place (available through the Play Store)
Zoodles Kid Mode
Kindle Fire Set Up (Free Time)
OTHER RESOURCES THAT YOU MAY FIND USEFUL
Be Internet Awesome with Google – Download
OurPact is a simple family locator and parental control app that allows parents to locate family members and limit screen time by blocking internet and app access.
Family Safety – Windows
Parents’ Guide To Facebook
Safety on Instagram
Website that tells parents about certification on Films, Computer Games and online sites. This site will tell you why a particular certificate rating has been applied and give details on what content users can expect to be exposed to.
Think U Know Resources
Many eSafety Resources For Parents
Parental Controls On The Xbox
Parental Controls On The Nintendo Wii
Parental Controls On The Playstation
An interesting article on Lifehacker:
Staying Safe On Social Networks
The internet is an important learning tool with so many uses in school as well as at home. We are living in a world where computers and technology are important. Almost every job has some type of computer or technology requirement. So it makes a lot of sense that all children need to learn how to use a computer and the internet.
There are many benefits to using the internet, but also risks. Schools need to be aware of the risks, and how to manage them, to keep their pupils safe. You need to be in the know.
There are lots of links on this page to help you. Some links will be for teachers’ information while others can be used with children in school. The list of websites for pupils to use are all safe and easy to navigate, and they could use these independently.
Enjoy – and stay safe!
LINKS FOR PUPILS
Check out the cool Cyber Cafe – there are games and stories that will help you learn about staying safe online, using your phone, downloading music and emailing. Think you know it all already? Have a go at the Brain Teaser Quiz and test yourself! Click these links below…
Go to Know It All for information on eSafety. Go adventuring with Kara, Winston and the SMART crew!
Learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer here:
Find out how to stay safe when chatting online with true stories, activities and games on Chat Danger:
LINKS FOR TEACHERS
Safe is a programme of practical activities that develop young people’s skills, self-confidence and safety awareness when using social networking sites. They have lots of online and downloadable resources, worksheets and links for teachers to use in school. Very useful!
CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme provides a range of free educational resources – films, lesson plans, presentations, practitioner guidance, games and posters – to professionals working with children and young people:
Know IT All for Primary school teachers is designed especially for primary school staff to help them understand important e-safety issues and how to get the most out of the internet:
The UK Safer Internet Centre delivers a wide range of activity to promote the safe and responsible use of technology:
Safe search engines for kids to use in school:
Smileys are a very popular text based image often used in chat rooms, on instant messenger sites or in texting. Smiley faces are created by typing the required symbols, such as : – ) on your keyboard. Most software will automatically generated a graphical smiley image when you type the required symbols. The link below will take you to a page which sets out some of the most commonly used smileys and their meanings.
Acronyms are also widely used on the internet (e.g. LOL, ROFL, BRB). They can be hard to understand if you’re not familiar with them, so follow this link to see some of the most common, along with their translations!
TES has an area for educational practitioners to share resources and ideas with each other.
Here is a link to some good eSafety resources:
Internet Safety Day
Internet Safety Day promotes safe use of the internet every year. Resources and ideas can be found here:
A PARENT’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA
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