Simplified Social Media Terms and Conditions for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and WhatsApp
Children often don’t know what they’re signing up to when they join Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, WhatsApp or Instagram. That’s why the Children’s Commissioner have worked with lawyers to create simplified versions of Terms and Conditions for the most popular social media platforms.
Young & eSafe
A wonderful new resource from the office of the Australian e-Safety Commissioner that can be used by schools and parents.
Screen Time boundaries
Advice for parents and carers with children aged 0 to 7.
1. Use digital devices together: Get involved in your child’s online activities. Have fun, play games and learn together online, just as you would in the physical world. It will then be natural for your child to turn to you if they experience anything upsetting online.
2. Set clear expectations: Clear family rules can help your child have a positive start to their digital life and get the most out of being online. Ask your child to help create some family rules.
3. Be informed: Many digital devices, services and content providers offer a range of parental controls. You can choose the type of content and options that are suitable for your child.
4. Establish good habits early on: Both adults and children enjoy sharing moments with family and friends through online images and videos. Starting conversations and good habits early on is a great way to support children in staying safe online.
Information and support
There is a wealth of information available to support schools, colleges and parents to keep children safe online. The following list is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point:
|Organisation/Resource||What it does/provides|
|thinkuknow||NCA CEOPs advice on online safety|
|disrespectnobody||Home Office advice on healthy relationships, including sexting and pornography|
|UK safer internet centre||Contains a specialist helpline for UK schools and colleges|
|swgfl||Includes a template for setting out online safety policies|
|internet matters||Help for parents on how to keep their children safe online|
|parentzone||Help for parents on how to keep their children safe online|
|childnet cyberbullying||Guidance for schools on cyberbullying|
|pshe association||Guidance and useful teaching resources covering online safety issues including pornography and the sharing of sexual images|
|educateagainsthate||Practical advice for parents, teachers and governors on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.|
|the use of social media for online radicalisation||A briefing note for schools on how social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq|
|UKCCIS||The UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s website provides:
• Sexting advice
• Online safety: Questions for Governing Bodies
• Education for a connected world framework
|NSPCC||NSPCC advice for schools and colleges|
|net-aware||NSPCC advice for parents|
|commonsensemedia||Independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents|
|searching screening and confiscation||Guidance to schools on searching children in schools and confiscating items such as mobile phones|
|lgfl||Advice and resources from the London Grid for Learning|
share-awareChildren at our school use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular eSafety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
Below are a few links to some very useful information regarding e-safety for parents, carers and children.
Think U Know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Internet Safety Zone – Look in the ‘Under 13s’ section for useful safety advice and information.
Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
BBC Stay Safe – Test your Internet safety knowledge with Hacker and help the Horrible Histories gang stay safe online.
Net Smartz Kids– Click on the image opposite to visit the Net Smartz Kids website for lots of e-safety activities.
Childnet International – website to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.
Useful Links for Parents
The internet for many parents can be a daunting place but to our children it is a necessity of life. Access to the internet has never been so vast and continues to spread with the increasing popularity of tablets devices and access through mobile phones. To support you in protecting your child on line there are some useful links below to sites with tips and guidance:
NSPCC new ‘Share Aware’ campaign
CEOP (Child On-Line Protection) Parents Area
This site offers advice and guidance for all types of online behaviours be it on line gaming, social networking, sharing and much more. Your children will be familiar with the child version of this site as it used in school you could perhaps ask them to help you with navigating through it.
A Parents’ Guide to Facebook
Would you know whether your son/ daughters profile is set to public or private? Would you know how to check? Do you know what POS stands for when children are online chatting (Parent Over Shoulder)? Do you know what Phishing is? Facebook is very popular amongst young people (and many adults) this guide is produced annually to keep parents up to date with tips for keeping their children safe when using Facebook and informing them of the latest trends for Facebook usage.
Cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent amongst children and young people when they are online, particularly as the popularity of online gaming continues to increase. To help parents deal with any incidents of cyberbullying or if you think your child maybe a victim of online bullying there is advice and guidance for you as a parent and how to deal with such scenarios.
Share, Take Care: tips for parents
This short guide will help you to make sure your teen stays safe and happy online.
Kind of Digital: quick guides
Quick guides are simple one page documents that explain social technology to the uninitiated
Free up to date security advice
Includes using complex passwords, privacy settings, safe searching and social networking.
Top tips for parents / carers and children
Other useful guides: