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Updates on some of the latest online safety issues – Guidance for Parents

The Internet can be wonderful for young people and can be used for research, to communicate and for leisure. Nevertheless, online access can present risks and as in all areas of life, it is important that our young people are supported and provided with suitable guidance from both school and home.

Guidance for parents on some of the latest issues can be found below. For further information and to report concerns, please visit our website HERE. In addition, to help parents strike up conversations about safe online behaviour click HERE.

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

All tech devices come with parental controls, but they are not always easy to find or understand and they can differ quite significantly from device to device. The Nintendo Switch has a range of parental controls such as browser access, restricting games based on age, chat settings and more and more. 
Internet Matters have a great guide for parents which can be downloaded and sent out or added to your school website. Click HERE for more information.

Managing Screen Time

It is important for children to develop a healthy relationship with technology. Internet Matters have a series of tips and guides to help with this including setting up parental controls, finding other activities to do, agreeing on boundaries and more. You can view the guidance HERE.

New Resource – Reliability Online

Childnet have put together a resource called Reliability Online. It explores what can/cannot be trusted, for example suspicious or misleading posts. You can find this resource HERE. This is a great activity to work through with your child.