SSCT-Online-Safety-Parents-Autumn-2018

AUTUMN 2018 ONLINE SAFETY NEWSLETTER Providing online safety information for parents and carers In this issue:  Back to school  What parents need to know about grooming and sextortion Get this newsletter sent to your inbox https://bit.ly/2KcNU2M Back to school can mean big changes for your child both off and online. Perhaps they now have a smartphone, or perhaps they have changed schools and find themselves with more friends both off and online. It is a great time of the year to review their safety online and ensure you and they know what they are doing. It is essential that the access that the child or young person has is appropriate for their age and develop- mental stage. For younger children, parents need to set up devices and apps so that children are protect- ed as far as possible from content that would upset or harm them, and are not able to be contacted by people they don’t know. Most games, apps and web- sites will have an age rating indicating age suitability, but parents should also do their own checks using sites like NSPCC NetAware o r CommonSenseMedia . If your child is wanting to use something that you think will put them at risk, find an alternative: for example, YouTube Kids is aimed at younger children and lets parents control more closely what videos children can access. If you don’t know how to set up

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