The Christmas holidays usually bring new electronic devices and the dark nights usually lots of time to use them. Below are some links that may be useful to help keep our children safe.
- Childnet – Things to consider when buying tech gifts this Christmas
- UK Safer Internet Centre – Top tips for staying safe online at Christmas
- Internet Matters: Christmas is for sharing : Social media tips
- Internet Matters: Tips on making shared devices safe for kids to use online
- Common Sense Media: How Plugged-In Families Can Have a Device-Free(ish) Holiday
A worrying development recently has been people posting videos to YouTube that appear to be aimed at children and containing familiar TV characters, such as Peppa Pig, but in inappropriate and often horrifying situations. Even if the YouTube settings are for ‘safe’ videos only some disturbing ones still seem to be making it through, so please be aware of the risk. Some news articles on the subject can be seen on the BBC website and also the Guardian website.
With the widespread access that young people have to phones and other devices that can capture, send and receive pictures and videos some of the imagery they create and share is not always appropriate or in fact legal. An increasing issue nationally is the passing of indecent images and videos between children. This is a serious criminal offence with potentially long term consequences.
The home office have produced some guidance for older children which is available here.
The NSPCC has a page that is useful for parents that you can visit by clicking here.