e-safety

The internet and other electronic communication provide us with a seemingly endless supply of knowledge, resources and connections to all parts of the world. Whilst being immensely beneficial tools, they also present a significant risk to their users.

E-safety encompasses not only the internet but all forms of electronic communication from e-mail and social media to games consoles, mobile phones and wireless technology. The need to educate children about the dangers of the digital world is now greater than ever before. We’ve compiled a list of useful websites to provide an effective framework for parents and schools to increase understanding and awareness of e-safety and some tools to help safeguard the children in their care.

Websites

Think U Know – Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting, online gaming, P2P and other forms of technology like mobiles.

Internet Matters – useful resources to help you do just that and make informed choices about your children’s online safety. You’ll find links to more relevant resources throughout the site.

LGfL online safety – LGfL’s online e-safety resource centre.

Secure Thoughts – outlines some of the issues facing modern parents today and provides step-by-step instructions on how to protect your loved ones.

Comparitech – tackling the issue of online privacy which can span not only protecting children from online predators but also things like preventing identity theft (the FTC estimates that close to 3.5m children have had their SS number stolen for example) and ways to minimize the risks of the household computer becoming compromised.

Best VPN – Protecting Kids Online – 20 Ways to Protect Your Kids Online

Best VPN – Safe Internet Browsing – Guide to Keeping Your Browsing Experience Safe & Secure

TigerMobiles – Smartphone Safety – How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone.

Childnet International – all the information you need to keep your child safe online

CBBC (Stay safe) – Test your Internet safety knowledge

Family Lives (bullying.co.uk) – Cyberbullying advice for children, parents and schools.

Connect Safely – Useful guides for Parents

Know IT All – A parents’ guide to getting the most out of the internet and to keeping children safe online and on their mobile phones.

Internet Safety for Kids – Money Saving Pro – Blog post outlining the issues parents need to know and guidance on how to provide children with a safe online environment.

Passion Digital – A Guide to Keeping Children Safe Online

Kidsmart – Learn how to help pupils make good decisions when they are online

UK Safer Internet Centre – Advice and Resources

O2 – Parents – helps adults understand what kids really do on their mobiles and the internet. And it’s also to help you talk to your kids openly about the risks, so they know how to protect themselves.

Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine – offers parents information and advice about the latest digital technologies and the kind of challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world.

Maths Doctor – Online Safety – “In today’s technologically advanced society, more children are accessing the Internet than ever before. According to regulatory officials Ofcom, approximately 82% of 5 to 7 year olds, 96% of 8-11 year olds and 99% of 12-15 year olds used the Internet in 2013” – Principles of Internet Safety

Kids Health – Net Safety – American Site with e-safety guidance – also available in Spanish

If you know of other useful website and programs related to e-safety, please contact us.