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On-line Safety, Advice for Parents/Carers

At Norton College we acknowledge  the importance of a safe online environment and encourage parents and carers to set age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices and use Internet filters to block malicious websites. These are usually free, but often need to be turned on

Recommended  resources to support parents and carers to keep their children safe online are:

  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home Internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
  • What parents need to know about TikTok TikTok is a free social media app that lets you watch, create, and share videos -- often to a soundtrack of the top hits in music -- right from your phone. It was originally available as musical.ly in the U.S. but was rebranded when the two apps merged in August 2018. With more than 100 million users and just like YouTube, Tik Tok is an interactive world of videos that allows young people to connect with friends and admirers through likes, comments, and even duets. However, like all social media platforms it can also pose a safeguarding issue for young people if not correctly and safely used.

Reporting concerns:

Harmful or upsetting content

Get support by:

  • reporting harmful online content to the UK Safer Internet Centre
  • getting government advice and trusted resources from Educate Against Hate on safeguarding from radicalisation, building resilience to extremism, and promoting shared values

Bullying or abuse online

You can: