As part of our membership with National Online Safety, we are pleased to share with you access to this resource. Please click here register as a parent.
The package provides e-courses, resources and updates for the whole school community – including all school staff, governors and parent carers – to support us in making the internet a safer place for children.
The following short courses are a good place to start:
Does your child or young person access the apps below?
To find out more information about how to support them and keep them safe please click on the links below.
Anonymous apps allow users to share and interact with each other without revealing who they are. Unlike social media sites, many of these apps encourage users to stay anonymous and chat to each other or post questions and answers on a range of topics.
Anonymous apps can expose children and young people to a range of online risks, including inappropriate content, cyberbullying and sexting. Under the cover of anonymity, people may feel less accountable for what they say and may share things that they would not on open social platforms. By the very nature of these apps, keeping young people safe becomes that much more of a challenge, so having regular conversations on the subject is key. Make it a habit to talk about which apps they are using and any associated risks they should watch out for. Click on the link below for more information.
Decoy apps are smartphone apps that look like something else but allow users to hide content within them. These decoy apps can protect personal information from strangers but also allow people to hide content they don’t want others to see. For children and young people, this could mean hiding harmful content from parent carers.
If misused, decoy apps might hold explicit content harmful to a young person's wellbeing. Child-on-child abuse, including sending nudes or inappropriate videos, could go unnoticed if the content is saved within a decoy app. As a parent carer, it’s important to have transparency with your child about how they use their devices. Decoy apps are a barrier to this, which can make it harder to protect children from online risks.