Online safety advice for Parents
The internet can be a great place for children to be. At Beechview Academy we take E-Safety very seriously, and we know how difficult it can be to keep track of all the latest sites and apps that children are interested in. On this page we will try to help you stay up to date so that we can all work together to keep our children safe. (A link to the school's E-Safety Policy can be found at the bottom of this page).
Social media sites and apps are updated all the time, and children seem to know more about the apps than we do! The link below will tell you where to go to find help about the safety features available on these popular social networks.
Tik Tok Advice
Tik Tok is becoming the most popular social media site for both children and adults, which means that this site can be a dangerous place. Children should not be accessing tik tok until they are aged 13, so please consider this when your child asks for this app.
Here are some useful links to learn more about tik tok and some safety advice for parents and carers.
The NSPCC Share Awareness Campaign
To kids, online life is real life. And, just like in real life, kids need help to stay safe online. Follow the link below for more information.
Share Aware is an NSPCC and O2 campaign to help parents have regular and informed conversations with their child about online safety. We're aiming to get every family in the UK chatting about their kids' online world, just like they would about their day at school.
We tell children that it’s good to share, but online it’s different and sometimes it can be dangerous. Through our straight-forward, step-by-step advice and Icebreaker email series, we’ll show parents how to untangle the web and teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when parents aren’t there.
Our new TV ad – Safety advice from a 10 year old.
Icebreakers email series – We’ve teamed up with O2 to create a bespoke email series full of tips and information on different issues eg cyberbullying and inappropriate content, with activities parents can complete with their child.
Family agreements – We have created a downloadable family agreements document for families to complete and fill in together.
Share Aware homepage - Read our step-by-step guide to being Share Aware and our TEAM (Talk, Explore, Manage, Agree) framework on how to stay safe online in four simple steps.
Net Aware - Our guide to the most popular social networks sites, apps and games that children use. New sites site such as Musical.ly, Kiwi and Pokemon Go have been added this year, along with a breaking news page and top tips from O2 Gurus on blocking, private account settings or in-app purchases. The new Net Aware can be downloaded on both iOS and Android.
Specialised advice - Advisors at our O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline – 0808 800 5002 – are here to help with any questions, or anyone can make an appointment with a Guru in store.
Please click on the links below to find out information about the video games your children play. In addition, the site explains where to find the most up to date information for setting parental controls on consoles and explains how PEGI ratings work.
It may feel awkward, but it's important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has information about sexting on its website: