The Internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, blogs, podcasting and social networks, are becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of young people and have many positive benefits. They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a child’s identity. Socially, our children often use the Internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with friends.
Internet access is available anywhere and at anytime, so we need to make sure our children are able to use the Internet safely. Many children are unaware of the risks, for example by having many online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or even becoming addicted to the Internet.
Internet Safety at St Joseph's
St Joseph’s Catholic School provides a safe and secure online environment for children. Many parents and carers do seek advice on how they can provide a similar environment for their children when accessing the Internet from home, and how to help their children develop safe habits when learning and playing online. Some of the advice about online safety is common sense, but it’s also important that parents and carers know how to use the technology and be aware of how their children are using the Internet.
There is comprehensive information about all the online safety issues on the websites below, and once parents and carers have background information on the subject of Internet safety, they can decide what is right for their family.
ThinkUKnow is the website for the National Crime Agency's CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Education team. It aims to protect children and young people from online sexual abuse with training, resources and information for everyone, age 4+.
Understanding online safety is tricky for all ages, but the NSPCC can help you learn about staying safe online. They're here to support parents with online safety advice, as well as for children and young people to protect them and help them recover from abuse.
UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission – to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people.
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. They work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3-18, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals.
Vodafone want everyone to get the most out of tech and enjoy happy and safe digital lives. With regularly updated articles and expert advice, your Digital Parenting site has plenty of resources and support, helping you make the right digital choices for your family.
SAFER INTERNET DAY
What is Safer Internet Day?
Coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over 100 countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
The Theme for 2022
Safer Internet Day 2022 will be celebrated on 8th February with the theme 'All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online'.
From gaming and chat to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.
Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
As a parent or carer, you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. You don’t need to be an expert yourself! The UK Safer Internet Centre are here to show you how to support your child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively.
It's really important to chat with your children on an ongoing basis about staying safe online. Not sure where to begin? This page also has some easy conversation starters to help you out.
Key social media platforms and apps
Make sure you know which apps your children are using, the age requirements to join them, and the safety tools and advice for each platform.
Games, quizzes, films and advice to help you get the most out of the internet while staying safe online
The internet is a brilliant place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things. On this website, you'll find films, games, quizzes and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively.
There are also top tips to help you protect your online reputation, know where to find help, learn about cyberbullying, consent, and more.