Online safety is an incredibly important part of keeping children safe. We recognise that children live their lives seamlessly online and offline which presents many positive and exciting opportunities but also many challenges and risks.
The online world rapidly develops and changes which can make it difficult for parents and children to stay up to date with the latest devices, platforms, apps, trends and the related threats. Therefore, we believe it is important to focus on teaching the children knowledge needed and safe behaviours to navigate the online world confidently regardless of the app, device or platform.
These behaviours include:
At St Patrick’s, we recognise that the majority of children's online use will happen at home and the following key points are to help parents keep their child safe:
There are many fantastic resources to support parents in keeping their children safe on line. Many are free and will help parents set parental controls and provide advice on the risks of new apps and games.
|Think u Know||Run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), this is a very helpful website for parents of children of all ages|
|BBC - Parents Help Them Own It||Help kids make the most of their lives online|
|Childnet||Help, advice and resources for parents and carers|
|NSPCC||We all have a part to play in keeping children safe online. Find out how with our online safety guides|
|Internet Matters||Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly|
|UK Safer Internet Centre||Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online|
|CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)||Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?|
|Parent Zone||We're working towards a safer digital world of opportunities|