Being a teenager is not easy – nor is being a teenager’s parent!
We thought it would be useful to create a space which includes some practical advice and information on some of the issues that sometimes worry parents when supporting their teenage children.
Of course if you would like to talk to a member of staff about any of these concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.
It can feel like a mind field keeping up with the latest apps that your child may be asking to download and use. Net Aware provides information on current popular sites, apps and games to allow you to make an informed decision. It includes information on age restrictions, ratings, features, potential risks and top tips for parents.
For further advice for parents visit:
LATEST NEWS from Alan Mackenzie (E-Safety Advisor): online safety snippets from the last week.
Parents – Scare or Prepare?
Should we pass on warnings to parents about specific apps, sites and games, or given them lists of ones to stop children using at all costs? No is the simple answer, for a number of reasons. I couldn’t put it better than the wonderful team from London Grid for Learning in a short video HERE.
Social Media – the root of all evil?
Not a day goes by when social media isn’t blamed for pretty much everything. I read an article last week which tells us that girls are starting puberty as young as six – because of social media!! If you really want to, you can read the article HERE, but be warned – you will be shouting at your screen!
New tool developed to tackle online CSE
I’m a great believer that the greatest and most powerful tool to help children and young people online is us – human beings. Far too often technical tools are relied upon. However, there are technical tools that can help us and a new one we will hopefully be seeing soon is a tool that can automatically flag conversations between a child and an offender. It’s a prototype at the moment but let’s hope we start seeing this sooner rather than later. You can read more on the gov.uk website HERE.
Consent is everything
I remember seeing this video a few months ago but for some reason didn’t share it with you. The subject of consent is hugely important for everybody to understand, and this short video puts it across in such a simple yet powerful way using a cup of tea. Have a look on the Consent is Everything website HERE.
Advertising, body image and social media
The team at MediaSmart have put together some wonderful resources on their website for primary and secondary schools. The resources are free (you have to register to download) and cover a number of important subjects related to advertising, body image and social media. You can get the teaching resources HERE.
The document below contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply in order to keep children safe.