(b) – Links to help parents

Section 1 – General advice sites

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

If you are a “newbie” ThinkUKnow should be your first port of call – something for everyone here.  For parents why not try the section “How do I talk to my child about what they’re up to online?”.  ThinkUKnow is the home of the “Report Abuse” button from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).

www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents

Know it All from Childnet – if you are a bit of an internet newbie, start here!  The content has been around for a while but is a reasonable starting place.  Childnet have quite a lot of other resources (including ones for very young children such as “Digiduck”) if you are curious and look around!

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a key area for parents and institutions: there is a range of resources here, including good guides for using parental controls here.

 http://www.internetmatters.org/

A site from Internet Service Providers with some common sense tips and a reporting area for various problems.  This is rapidly becoming a really key site to visit with very clear navigation and advice.  There is a really good clear set of links to the parental control guidance for all the main games consoles and other devices.  A great place to start is here: www.internetmatters.org/advice – the links lead to concise pages with short video clips and clear bullet point advice.

www.parentsprotect.co.uk/internet_safety.htm

Parents Protect – detailed and comprehensive.  If you like short briefing articles on a topic (as opposed to multimedia experiences!) this could appeal.  There are links to a variety of ways of reporting abuse.

http://parentzone.org.uk/

An up-and-coming site with a variety of information and services, including online training for parents and special sections on current causes of concern – particular apps, social networking etc.

http://parentinfo.org/

A fairly new site provided by ThinkUKnow/CEOP aimed at parents; there are numerous articles which together give a good coverage of some common concerns.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

NSPCC site on online safety includes advice sections on cyberbullying and sexting.  Well worth reading as it offers suggestions for how to approach these topics with children.  Definitely look at the share aware section.

http://backgroundchecks.org/the-concerned-parents-toolbox-120-tools-and-tricks-to-protect-your-kids.html

A comprehensive overview site with lots of helpful advice and references: it has a USA bias but has plenty of relevance for UK parents.

Section 2 – Having a Family Agreement

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

The NSPCC area for sharing includes a template for a family agreement

http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/have-a-conversation

Childnet’s area includes an advice guide and their template.

Section 3 – Things parents can do – controlling games, phones, guidance on apps

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology/gaming-devices

Safer Internet advice on parental controls on a variety of devices.

www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

Good advise on setting parental controls from internet matters.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/How-to-guides/

Thinkuknow’s area for guidance on a range of apps.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews

Commonsense media hosts many useful items – this link is to the searchable database of apps – find out about the apps your child is using, for example yik-yak, snapchat etc

http://www.net-aware.org.uk/

A collaboration including O2, Mumsnet and the NSPCC, this is an excellent way of finding out about the apps and websites etc your children use or wish to use – there are detailed ratings for a variety of risks from a range of users.

http://www.internetmatters.org/advice/apps-guide/

Another good source for information on apps

www.connectsafely.org/

Connect Safely – comprehensive and frequently updated info especially on Social Networking: there are good guides for facebook, instagram, snapchat etc.  in the “resources” section.

https://www.facebook.com/safety/parents

Facebook page for parents, links to cyberbullying and other advice

https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/

Open DNS is one way of filtering or protecting all the devices used via your domestic internet connection.

http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/xbox-360/security/xbox-live-parental-control

How to set parental controls on an XBox

parentalcontrol.o2.co.uk

O2 – example of Parental Control from Mobile Phone Company

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/

Advice from vodafone recently updated with some sound advice

https://pegi.info/

PEGI ratings for games – they really mean what they say!

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/facebook101

Good tutorial for those new to facebook.

Section 4 – Cyberbullying

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/

A range of information for a variety of audiences – parents may find the anti-bullying information tool for parents and carers useful here

http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/online-bullying.aspx

Childline’s area for bullying: the FAQs at the bottom are very useful.

http://www.connectsafely.org/tips-to-help-stop-cyberbullying/

Connect safely’s exemplary tips on cyberbullying

http://www.youandco.org.uk/crime-info/are-you-safe-online/im-being-bullied-online

An interesting site from the perspective of victim support – some good points available if you explore it.

Section 5 – Sexting, image sharing etc

 http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/onlinesafety/pages/sexting.aspx

Childline’s area for sexting: this is where you can find information on their new-ish app “Zipit” which is one approach to dealing with receiving images from people known to you.

http://www.thatsnotcool.com/

A “young person” styled site looking at responding to requests from peers.  Offers a slightly different perspective on deflecting requests to get into sexting etc.

 Section 6 – Radicalisation, lifestyle choice concerns

https://papyrus-uk.org/

Papyrus is a site devoted to prevention of young suicide.

http://educateagainsthate.com/

A UK government site with advice on radicalisation

https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/radicalisation/

A good first port of call for radicalisation information

Section 7 – Miscellaneous

http://www.childinternetsafety.co.uk/

This site allows you to request an e-magazine which is full of interesting articles on the subject.

bbc iwonder

A BBC area with advice for parents.

BBC webwise.  A variety of suggestions and resources: some good videos here for most aspects of online safety.

https://www.google.com/safetycenter/families/start/

Google Family Safety – recently rewritten and full of good advice including how to report inappropriate images in search results, safe mode on YouTube and much else.

Windows Family Safety for Windows 10 – really useful step by step guide

www.macworld.com/article/1151943/parentalcontrols.html

Mac users advice

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201304

Good explanation of restrictions on iPads

www.familylives.org.uk/advice/teenagers/sex/porn/

Familylives – a page discussing the background to talking to young people about pornography.

http://safety.ask.fm/

Askfm – which for a time had a certain reputation for bullying, has taken great trouble to make it easier to look after the user’s safety with their new safety area.

http://family.disney.co.uk/internet-safety

Disney’s site with some useful info.