National Online Safety have produced a series of parent leaflets about how to staff safe. Here is one about staying safe on WhatsApp.
Here is guidance from the Government about keeping your children safe online, particularly as they are using devices more at the moment due to COVID 19. However this guidance will continue to be important to follow to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to get support and advice.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online.
Between Monday 9 November and Sunday 15 November 2020 Staffordshire Police are running a Ditch the Blade campaign. This will include a series of podcasts which aim to help parents and carers understand how they can talk to children about knife crime. You will hear from a parent with lived experience, as well as some of the agencies that help tackle the issue and work with young people. These will be publicised on Staffordshire Police’s social media pages. For more information please click here.
In addition to this, Staffordshire Police have produced age appropriate posters to discuss this issue with your children. Please see below.
Poster for younger people
Signs and Indicators
The Government have released this poster about safeguarding – ‘Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business’. It describes how we all have a role to play. It also includes indicators of abuse and information about what to do if you are concerned.
The government has also produced a useful webpage listing sources of advice and support for keeping their children safe. The guide includes information about:
- Protecting children from domestic abuse
- Teenage relationship abuse
- Child sexual abuse and exploitation
- Sexual assault referral centres
- Crime, Criminal Exploitation and County Lines, violence and gangs
- Protect children from radicalisation
- Online child safety
- Mental health
You can find the information by clicking here
The Government have also produced a document entitled ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online’ (last updated 25.6.20). This document provides useful advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can find the document by clicking here.
Safety at Home
Unintentional injuries in and around the home are a leading preventable cause of death and emergency admissions for children. Please refer to this newsletter by the ‘Stoke and Staffordshire Children’s Safeguarding Board’ for further information and advice on how to prevent accidents within the home.
We are now entering summer and we would like to share some sun safety websites with you which you and your child may feel useful.
NHS Sunscreen and sun safety
The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code is excellent. It is aimed at schools but provides comprehensive guidance that we feel might be of guidance to parents.
CBeebies have created some tips for staying safe in the sun. These are aimed at children and there is also a video to watch too.
Recent Updates – The Staffordshire Police have created this Staying Safe Online activity packfor children. It contains a quiz, wordsearch, spot the difference and other challenges and activities.
The thought of what your child come across online can be worrying and it can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on video apps and online games, we can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.
We have identified a few websites which contain useful guides and posters for you to read to make sure going online is a positive experience for you and your child.
On this website parents and teachers can access various guides around the theme of online safety. Some of the ones that we suggest you read and share with your children if you feel they are appropriate are:
10 Top Tips – Remote Learning for Parents. A guide to help parents and carers support their child in getting the most out of their remote learning experience.
How to Clean Devices –This guide provides aims to help everyone understand some of the best practice methods to keep your devices clean and some techniques you should avoid.
Minecraft Online Safety – A guide to Minecraft a sandbox game where players can build houses and other creations and play with other people online.
Online Safety Tips for Children – E-safety do’s and don’ts when interacting with the online world.
Safer Apps and Games for Children – Give suggested safer apps and games that children might enjoy using.
Online Safety Story Book – Oscar’s Adventures in the Online World has been created to help you understand what it takes to stay safe when online.
You Tube Kids Online Safety – An online safety guide giving parents and carers information about You Tube Kids.
Children’s Devices Online Safety Guide – How children can use smart devices safely.
On this website parents and teachers can access various posters around the theme of online safety, app safety and sharing information. These posters are simple yet factual.
Staying Safe Online – tips on what you can do to keep young people safe online and a list of organisations with advice and guidance.
App Safety – advice and guidance on what apps and controls that are available for parents and carers who wish to have oversight on what their young people are doing online.
Share With Care – a poster aimed at young people about what is appropriate to share online and guidance on how to share with care.
Online Parental Control and Monitoring Apps – a poster aimed at parents informing them how to monitor and control the apps that their children use.
Other useful links:
- Thinkuknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
- Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
- UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)