Online safety

The internet is a source of concern for many parents.  This page offers information for parents about how you can help to keep your daughter/son safe when using the Internet.

You can report ANYTHING that you are concerned about to Cowley using our SHARP system.  Reports to this system are picked up by PC Kate.  You can report confidentially.  Remember, if you have a concern about yourself, someone else – tell, tell, tell: Report using the SHARP system

Please see links below to two websites to support you in keeping your child safe online along with other useful parenting advice on matters such as sex and relationships and health and wellbeing:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Listing/?cat=66,67,68,69,70,72&ref=4765#mMain

https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parent-guides

Thinkuknow Parents Helpsheets

Thinkuknow website

Parent Info
Parent Info is a newsfeed service offering free support and advice from leading experts on digital family life. Expert advice to help families through isolation and quarantine will be delivered regularly through Parent Info in the coming weeks and months.

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)

The Click CEOP button is an asset of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. The CEOP Command works to protect children from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline.

The button has been developed to offer children, young people, parents/carers and professionals working with these groups with a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP. This is offered as a convenient and potentially less intimidating method of reporting these sensitive types of crime, alternative to face-to-face and telephone reporting to local police forces.

YouNow Parents’ Guide – Information about YouNow a live-streaming social network. This guide is to help parents understand this video chat service and to be aware of serious issues such as inappropriate content and the sharing of personal information.

Snapchat guide for Parents

Online safety tips for parents 

    • Ensure your child shares their password with you to enable you to monitor ‘chat’
    • Educate your child to never put pictures of themselves, members of the family, friends etc on Facebook or other social media sites.
    • If your child has access to a web camera, make sure you know when and what it is being used for.
    • Ensure that the online parental controls are set correctly, and please do not ask your child how to do this, ask a trusted friend or refer to your internet service provider.
    • Use the ‘Report Abuse’ facility on social media sites; they are an excellent way to report any suspicious activity.
    • You can also obtain help and report concerns via our online ‘SHARP’ (Student Help Advice Reporting Page) System. This online tool allows anyone to report any concerns or incidents which occur within the school and local community anonymously. cowleysthelens.thesharpsystem.com

You don’t have to be paranoid, you just have to ensure you know what your child is doing when they are using a computer or internet connected mobile phone.

The quotation at the top of this article is very true, modern technology used correctly is a wonderful thing, but it is also a source of great danger to our young people if not used within limits and monitored.