You can use your computer, mobile phone or tablet for lots of fun things and to make lots of new friends from all over the world. As a child, you have the right to get information that is important to your well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful, and help you find and understand the information you need (Article 17, UNCRC).
This section of our website will provide you with links to really useful advice on how to be careful when you use the internet and some great tips to keep safe. If you are worried about anything you see online or people are asking you questions about where you live or saying nasty things to you please speak to your parents or teacher or follow any of the links below for help and advice.
Parent Info is collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone and provides information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience, internet safety and a wide range of other topic matters like sex, relationship and body image.
Think U Know Website
I bet you probably like to use the computer for fun. The Think U Know website will help you go on the internet in a safe way and tell who to talk to if you are worried. You can also find out about Lee & Kim’s adventures or watch Hector and his friends learning to use computers safely! If you want to talk to someone else you can call ‘Childline’, which is a place where people who are nice can help you.
They won’t tell anyone that you have called and it’s free. You can phone them on: 0800 1111.
- Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
- Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
Cyberbullying can be devastating for children as it can be difficult to escape from.
Children should be encouraged to discuss their problems with an adult.
One of the most common reasons they do not do this is that they fear their
phone or computer/ tablet will be taken away from them, so it is important
that you let your child know this will not happen and that they can talk to
you about any problems they have. The Childline website contains helpful
information about cyberbullying and ways to help stop it that you can discuss with your child.
The government have recently produced a useful leaflet on cyberbullying that can be downloaded by clicking the link below.
Be Smart be cool – Be smart online.
What’s your favourite thing to do online. Visit the KidSMART website and learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer. Learn the SMART Rules with Kara Winston and the SMART Crew. If anything goes wrong online or upsets you make sure you tell someone about it. Download a poster of the SMART Rules by clicking the link below.
The minimum age to create a YouTube account is 13. Having an account for a younger child breaks the terms and conditions of the site. It is not possible to upload videos without creating an account.
We understand that parents and guardians sometimes have questions about children’s behaviour online. We’ve put together some tools and resources to help you manage your family’s experience on YouTube.
In order to create a YouTube account, you must confirm that you’re at least 13 years old. If a video is flagged and we find that the uploader inaccurately stated their age during the account creation process, we will terminate their account.Tips and advice
We ask all of our members to review our Community Guidelines, as they outline what content and behaviour is acceptable on YouTube.Online safety tips for families from Google and Common Sense Media:
- Ask your teenagers to create playlists of their favourite videos, while you create your own. Then sit down to watch them together. You can see what your teens are watching, and they might learn a thing or two about you.
- Take your teens on a stroll through your own TV-watching childhood by compiling a playlist of clips from your favourite TV programmes.
- Make watching YouTube a game: Guess what kinds of videos are popular in a particular place and then use Advanced Search to see videos only in that location. It’s a great way to have a conversation with your teens about cultural assumptions, tastes, similarities and differences.
Help and Advice
If you find something on the internet or someone has made you sad or scared you should tell your mum, dad or the person who looks after you at home or a teacher at school. If you would like to talk to someone else we have added some links to the Advice Help and Report Centre on the CEOPS website. You can contact people who are friendly and helpful by following the link for your age group.
- Safety Centre for 5 to 7 year olds
- Safety Centre for 8 to 10 year olds
- Safety Centre for 11 to 16 year olds
KS1 Acceptable Use Policy – Escomb Pupil AUP KS1 – web
KS2 Acceptable Use Policy – Escomb Pupil AUP KS2 – web
Vodafone Digital Parent e-magazine issue 3 http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/ (Copies have been sent to all Parents previously)
Vodafone Digital Parent e-magazine issue 4 http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/ (To be sent out to all Parents January 2016)