Parents Guide to Media
Parents’ Guide to Media is a not for profit organisation which provides a website which gives parents practical and impartial reviews of all types of media such as TV Programmes, Films, Computer Games, Apps, Books and Websites. Parents can type in titles of the specific media and this will give parents an idea of the sort of issues covered in the piece and whether the media is suitable or not for the child’s age.
Parents Guide to Technology
The Safer Internet Centre is a not for profit organisation which provides schools and parents with practical advice about promoting the use of online technologies in a positive way by encouraging safe and responsible use. They have produced a useful parent guide on their website which explains in a user friendly way how parents can find settings and functions on digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and games consoles to keep young people safe online.
Parent Zone is a not for profit organisation which provides parents with regular periodic updates about changes to the way young people are using new technology, such as digital devices, social media, apps and websites. The site has links to the Digital Parenting magazine which has useful advice and tips on helping parents keep their child safe online. Using the Parent Zone site, parents can opt to sign up to a regular e-newsletter which is sent every week to a parent’s chosen email address. The site also has links to support groups and advice clinics.
CEOP stands for Child Exploitation and Online Protection. CEOP is an arm of the National Crime Agency. The purpose of CEOP is to protect young people from online dangers. The site contains practical information for parents about what they should do in case a young person gets into danger online. The school website, www.belperschool.co.uk has a CEOP Report Abuse button on the home page for students and parents to use in case they feel they are in danger.
Live Streaming: responding to the risks
Thinkuknow, which is the educational aspect of CEOP, has produced a parent guide on the risks of Live Streaming. Live Streaming is a relatively new aspect of online use for young people, and whilst in general it is a positive development as a new aspect of communication, there are several dangers attached to it. The article explains what Live Steaming is, and also gives parents support on how to help young people use it safely.
Has your child shared a nude selfie?
Another excellent article from Thinkuknow is about sharing help and practical advice for parents on what they should do in case their child has shared a nude selfie online or using social media platforms.