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Online Safety Advice Reminder During COVID-19

 

Helping children and young people to stay safe while online is a perpetual challenge for parents and carers and even more so when the amount of time spent online increases. The benefits of being able to connect with each other via the internet and using the latest technology are enormous.

 

However, with this comes a risk that exposure to cyberbullying, disinformation and grooming is greater with children and young people using the internet, unsupervised, for both education and entertainment while schools are closed and everyone is being asked to #StayAtHome to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. in helping to avert any threat to a child or young person s safety. One of the most effective methods of keeping young people safe online is to raise awareness. This can be done by having conversations about what online activities the children and young people are engaging in and the safeguards they are taking.

 

The national guidance recommends reviewing security and safety settings, checking facts and guarding against disinformation, being vigilant against fraud and scams, and managing the amount of time spent online. Online safety guidance, advice and resources are also available from the County Council for parents, carers, young people and professionals within schools (includes resources about relevant online issues):

 

https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/childrenandfamilies/safeguardingchildren/onlinesafetyguide

 

Other helpful sources of advice are:

 

* Parentzone https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parent-guides#

* NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

* UK Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

* Digital Parenting Magazine https://www.vodafone.co.uk/cs/groups/public/documents/webcontent/vfcon103583.pdf

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