Advice and Support for Parents during Covid-19
Here are the links to some useful resources:
- Childnet’s Family Agreement
- Internet Matters – information, advice and support on Internet safety
- Get Safe on-line (Security Advice)
- Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP
- Online Safety for adults and children
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- National Online Safety
- Government Advice last updated 2016
- Child exploitation and online protection
- Advice on Facebook and Messenger for parents and carers
- Advice on Snapchat for parents and careers
- Advice on Twitter for parents and carers
- Advice on You Tube for parents and carers
- Advice on Tik Tok for parents and carers
- Advice on House Party for parents and carers
- Advice on Zoom for parents and carers
- Advice on Instagram for parents and carers
- Advice on Yolo for parents and carers
- Advice on Fortnight for parents and carers
- Advice on Whatsapp for parents and carers
- Advice on Facetime for parents and carers
- Advice on Grand Theft Auto for parents and carers
Age Restrictions for Social Media
Some quick guidance from “Action for Children”. Please bear in mind, if you sign up for these sites, and don’t tell the truth about your age, that information may follow you on social media. For example, if you sign up for Facebook aged 8, stating you are 13, by the time you are actually 13, both Facebook and the outside world will believe you are 18. Would parents be happy with their 13 year old children receiving content and messages aimed at 18 year olds?
How to Protect Your Child on Their Smartphone
“There is a lot of peace of mind that comes from being able to contact your child wherever they are, and them being able to contact you. Missed buses are no longer a problem, and the days of yelling your child’s name up and down the street to try and find them are gone. Along with that peace of mind though, comes the niggling worry that every parent is used to having: is my child really safe?
From cyberbullying to inappropriate web content, being able to contact strangers, being able to rack up hefty cell phone bills, all these things come to mind when we start thinking about the dangers of impressionable kids using a mobile.”
The above quote is from an excellent website:
and we urge you to take a look. There is a lot of helpful information about keeping kids safe on popular apps:
There are also Parental Control/Monitoring Apps to consider (with instructions for different devices), which generally allow parents to:
Parents can also use apps to keep their kids safe and these include;
Qustodio (free version available, but with limited features)
As a parent/carer, you may have heard that a disturbing video has been posted on the social media apps Tik Tok and Snapchat. This is not the first time that harmful videos have been posted onto social media sites. Whilst the platforms have tried to remove the video, it has been shared by many other users and in some cases, users have encouraged others to view it. Some users have also disguised the video with pictures of ‘cute animals’.
Tik Tok is a very popular app with children as it includes viral videos of dancers, celebrities etc. The videos are limited to less than 60 seconds and users scroll through different videos. In the UK it had a minimum age of 13.
Advice for parents is to monitor their childrens use of social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and Tok Tok. All these have a minimum age restriction of 13 years old. Remember that all social media apps have risks and if you allow your child to use these apps, they must have adult supervision.
Look at privacy controls for devices and ensure that you know what they are downloading. All devices have built in restrictions to give you more control. A useful site for this is https://www.internetmatters.org/
It is also important that you regularly talk to your child about what they are doing online.
Tik Tok also has a safety centre, available here: https://www.tiktok.com/safety/resources/for-parents?lang=en