Dear Parents/ Carers,
We hope you are well and keeping safe during these uncertain times.
We are regularly checking the updated government guidance on youth provisions reopening, as it currently stands all youth centres are to remain closed for the foreseeable. However, our staff are working hard to ensure our return is as safe as can be and meets the National health and safety regulations.
Some children are still unable to attend school, through parental choice or because of their age. This may lead them to spend more time on the internet, whether it be on their Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok) or a gaming platform such as Fortnite and Roblox.
Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you some key E-Safety information.
Filters and Parental Controls:
Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to illegal, unwanted or unpleasant content online, but there are some simple steps you can take at home to help minimise this risk.
- Make sure you install anti-virus software, filters and parental controls on your child’s device before giving it to them.
- Ensure that you are role-modelling good behaviour by using strong passwords yourself; make them difficult to guess and don’t share them with your children.
- Remember that blocks and filters are not 100% effective and you can’t rely on them alone to protect your children, so remind them to tell you if they see something upsetting online.
Take a look at the parental tab for more information on the Think U Know website: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Talk to your children:
- Take an active interest in your child’s online life and engage in the digital world with them.
- Let your children teach you about their online world and how they use technology; playing new games and exploring websites together can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour online.
- Make sure your children know that you are safe and approachable; remind them that they can tell you if something happens online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable, without being told off or punished.
You can find more advice about talking to you child about online safety from CEOP: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/having-a-conversation-with-your-child/
Make informed choices:
- Do your research before allowing your child to play on a new game or sign up to a new social media platform.
- Always check the PEGI age rating and whether the content is appropriate for them.
- Take time to find out whether the app or game has an online element, which allows them to connect with other users online.
- Familiarise yourself with the privacy and security settings and ensure you teach your child how to make their accounts private and how to block and report other people online.
Guide to help parents protect their children online. https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/the-ultimate-parent-guide-for-child-internet/
If you would like any further advice or support on E-safety, please feel free to contact a member of our Safeguarding team on one of the following email addresses:
Louise Wylie- Centre Manager (DSL)
Keanan Bartram- Assistant Leader (DSL)
Paul Carlton- Deputy Manager (DSL)