Online safety during home learning
Below are links to websites which have a variety of activities you can complete with your children during the home learning time to remind them of the importance of being safe online and how to stay safe.
This link has a variety of activities you can complete including creating a family agreement, taking part in online safety quizzes (which could be done individually or in a competitive situation to make it more fun), and an activity to explore screen time and finding a balance.
Support for parents/ carers:
https://www.net-aware.org.uk - This website gives specific guidance on apps or popular trends (ie Tiktok, Houseparty etc). You can search specific apps and it gives them a suitability rating and gives advice on how to make the app ‘safer’.
Advice on particular topics (internet gaming, internet assisted devices etc.)
A toolkit with advice on how to tackle tricky conversations
Latest news and updated content about social networks, apps and games children are using, including information on Snapchat's new mental health feature, having a Netflix party, and information about video chat, video sharing and livestreaming.
Separately: the BBC reports that the TikTok app has introduced new rules which mean under-16s will no longer be allowed to send or receive direct messages and the UK Safer Internet Centre reports that UK video game ratings will include a warning if a game features ‘loot boxes’ or any paid for items that are randomly generated within a game.
Net Aware website: In the news BBC news story: TikTok bans under-16s from private messaging UK Safer Internet Centre blog: Loot box warnings to be included in video games