Safer Internet Day 2019: Your Choice or Mine – film for parents and carers
UK Safer Internet Centre put young people and their parents head-to-head in a game show and asked them questions about consent online. They wanted to find out if parents and their children have the same or differing opinions on a range of online consent topics.
Your Choice or Mine is a great conversation starter that lets parents and young people share views and learn from one another. Safer Internet Day’s aim is to inspire conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Why not try this at home with your child(ren) and answer the questions below?
This film is intended to be used alongside the corresponding Education Pack for parents and carers which can be accessed below along side other information material relating to App’s, Online gaming, Youtube, WhatsApp and much more.
Do you need to ask before you…
…post a location on where you and family currently are?
…share a selfie of you with your best friend?
…upload a video of a family member doing something silly?
…add a friend to your family group chat?
…invite a new player to join your online gaming team?
…send a link to a friend of something controversial online?
…wish someone ‘happy birthday’ online?
…change the Wi-Fi password at home?
…give an app permission to see your contacts on your device?
…post a photo of your child on the first day of school?
…complete an online survey that asks questions about your family?
…use another family member’s account on a shared device?
…give out your friend’s phone number to a mutual friend?
Online Safety – Keeping Your Child Safe Online.
A checklist for parents and carers:
- Ask your child to show you the sites they use– this shows that you take an interest in your child it also means you can become familiar with the sites and find out how to set the safety features.
- Keep the computer in a family room – this means you can keep more control over what they do e.g. webcams
- Ask your child to set profile settings to private– settings on any social networking site should be set to prevent anyone viewing personal information and photos of your child.
- Ask your child about their online friends– this applies to social networking and gaming sites; people are not always who they say they are. Does your child actually know all of their ‘friends’?
- Set appropriate parental controls on your child’s computer, mobile and games console– filters can prevent children from viewing inappropriate content. You can also set time restrictions for using the internet or games. Explain to your child why you are doing this. Your Internet Service Provider can offer advice on this or visit CEOP’s parent site for advice.
- Make sure your child knows they can tell you if they are worried about something online– by opening up communication channels and talking to your child about the technology they use they are more likely to turn to you if they are concerned about something.
- Make sure you know where to get help if you are concerned– visit the ThinkUKnow.co.uk website which has a parent’s area with advice and information. If you are concerned about someone making inappropriate contact with your child you can report this to CEOP, you can also find help if you think your child is being bullied online or have found something that could be illegal www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centreor look for the ‘click CEOP button’
Internet Safety Web-sites:
- Social Media and Mental Health
- National Online Safety – Parents guide to internet controls
- Momo challenge: The anatomy of a hoax
- Catfishing Parents Guide
- Age Ratings 2019
- Grand Theft Auto Parents Guide
- FIFA Parents Guide
- Fortnite Parents Guide
- Instagram Parents Guide
- Instagram Parents Guide 2
- Screen Addiction Parents Guide
- LiveMe Parents Guide
- Sexting Parents Guide
- WhatsApp Parents Guide
- The App Store Parents Guide
- Parent Info
- Parents’ guide to tech
- Parents’ guide to apps
- Texting dictionary
- Nude Selfies – Guide for parents
- DoE Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying
- East Sussex LSCB – e-safety for parents and carers