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Teen Online Safety - a Guide for Parents

The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety. This guide contains plenty of helpful information such as:

  1. A practical guide for parents on how to keep teens safe online, including useful summaries of popular internet apps as well as the types of threats teens could be exposed to online.
  2. Safety tips for using apps such as Instagram, TikTok (which has gathered 1 billion users in only two years), YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Whatsapp. It also covers advice and safety tips for teens playing online multiplayer video games.
  3. Other online safety topics and advice such as sharing personal information, socialising online, cyberbullying, harmful content, influencers, body image and mental health for teens online.
  4. Links to additional internet safety resources for parents from well-respected sources such as the NSPCC and the UK government’s own guidelines.

 

Understanding Screen Addiction and Responsible Digital Use

Complete guide to screen addiction | comparethemarket.com

This guide offers lots of helpful information such as:

  • How technology use has changed over the years (72% of adults now consider smartphones their most essential device)
  • The impact of COVID-19 on screen time use and digital behaviours (smartphone usage in the UK surged by 30% during lockdown)
  • Understanding screen addictions and how our devices affect our brains and change our behaviours (e.g. dopamine-driven reward loops)
  • Helpful tips and useful advice for tackling device addiction, managing gadgets and internet use, and creating healthier digital habits.

Further Online Safety Resources

Here are some of the resources that have been developed for use by families, carers, and education professionals to keep children safe online

Think You Know holds resources for children, young people and families regarding online grooming and exploitation.

NSPCC guide for parents to being 'share aware' - Guidance for parents

Stop Speak Support - Campaign which aims to help young people spot cyberbullying and know what steps they can take to stop it happening and provide support to the person being bullied.

Ofsted Online Safety Handout - list of resources for children, parents and staff

Social Media App bulletin - January 2018

6 step checklist for families and carers to start a conversation about online safety, steps for families and carers to start a conversation about online safety and an E Safety Family Contract for families to write together, sign and display in the home.

Safe Password promotional leaflet

Phishing promotional leaflet

Cyber Sextortion poster (for printable version click here)

Report online abuse through CEOP