Children and young people of all ages interact and use new technologies all the time, from phones to games consoles, tablets and computers. All of these devices can provide access to the internet and online resources providing a wide range of positive learning oppurtunities. This collection of information and ease of interaction can be a very positive place for young minds to develop and enrich their lives.

Sadly, the internet also has another side to it that could provide a negative experience for children and young people.

e-Safety covers matters surrounding children, young people and even adults and their safe use of online services via any device; phones, tablets etc both in and out of school It includes education for all members of the school community on risks and responsibilities and is part of the ‘duty of care’ which applies to everyone working with children.

To find out more about Darlington’s eSafety campaign – click here.

For information from Banardos about children and internet devices – click here.

To find out about eSafety resources for parents – click here.

TikTok has unveiled new family safety features. These will allow parents and carers to link their account, to their child’s and restrict what content they can see, limit or remove private messaging and set time limits on the app. For more information on this please click here

Please find below a number of articles and sites that may be of use and benefit to you.

 

A fantastic website which is updated regularly by a Darlington team.  It is full of excellent links and advice for you.

https://www.darlington.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health/children-and-young-people/darlington-pshe-network/darlington-internet-safety-partnership/

 

A very popular app at the moment is TikTok.  This is an app which enables users to upload, watch and create short videos.  Please follow the link for information about what you need to know:

https://parentzone.org.uk/article/tiktok-everything-you-need-know-about-video-production-app

Recently, TikTok has unveiled new family safety features. These will allow parents and carers to link their account, to their child’s and restrict what content they can see, limit or remove private messaging and set time limits on the app.

 

The team at DISP have uploaded an article and more information to their website.

 

https://www.darlington.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health/children-and-young-people/darlington-pshe-network/darlington-internet-safety-partnership/apps-and-games-information/

It’s an app which can be downloaded so that you can search to find out about video game ratings and the content on these games.

 

https://pegi.info/news/app

 

This website provides valuable information on apps and contains articles about children’s use of the Internet.

https://parentzone.org.uk/parent-info

 

Media Smart is a website which is free to register with.  It is full of useful information about apps and websites which are popular and provides guides to support parents/carers.

https://mediasmart.uk.com/parents/

 

This is a direct link to an article of Whatsapp which provides information about this app and how it is used.

https:// parentinfo.org/article/whatsapp-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers

 

Vodaphone: Digital parenting.  https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting/?cid=vnty-vod-auto/dvynfvtq(uv(bx)yjhjoneanzqtojth

 

O2 have joined forces with the NSPCC to help keep children safe. Parents can explore the internet like children do and understand the dangers that exist online.

https://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc

Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

https://www.childnet.com/

https://www.bullying.co.uk/
We have all been involved with Safety Net at looking at things that make us feel unsafe and working on them ourselves. To be safe means to be comfy and not scared.  We do things like standing up to bullies without being mean, listening to our bodies as they are clever at spotting danger and thinking about things we can do to make the areas where we live safer.

http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/

 

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

 

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/