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Safety alert: see how easy it is for almost anyone to hack your child's connected toy

Connected toys with Bluetooth, wi-fi and mobile apps may seem like the perfect gift for your child this Christmas. But we’ve found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.

Watch the video above to see just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to your child through it. And we’re not talking professional hackers. It’s easy enough for almost anyone to do. Which? Click here to view the full report

Think U Know - Find out how to help your child to stay safe online

Chatting and meeting new people on the internet can be fun and appealing for children. There are lots of online apps and communities that can be educational and supportive for them, however there are opportunities online for adults to contact children.

No matter how young your child is, if they are using a device that has the internet- it is important to talk to them about people who contact them online.

Click here to visit the "Think U Know" website for more information on cyber safety.

 

How a digital 5 a day can help children lead healthy online lives:

A campaign aimed at parents who can encourage their children to enjoy the online world without being totally consumed by it. The campaign, Digital 5 A Day, is based on the NHS’s evidence-based five steps to mental well-being, and gives children and parents practical steps to achieve a balanced digital diet. The five elements of a good digital diet are: *connect, *be active, *get creative, *give to others, *be mindful.

 

Childnet offers a list of resources you can access for free which provide information and advice for parents about internet safety. CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR MUCH MORE.

Inappropriate content: The internet is a big place. Kids can use it to learn, be creative and make friends. But there's a lot on the internet that they shouldn't see. When a child searches online, they may not always find the innocent results they were after. Click here to see videos on how to set parental controls.

GetSafeOnline offers guidance and simple checklists to help you keep your kids safe online according to their age group. 

The UK Safer Internet Centre offers e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

Think U Know helps you protect your children from abuse online- Play, Like, Share a new 3-episode animation for 8-10 year olds to help them learn how to spot pressuring and manipulative behaviour online and to stay safe from other risks they might encounter online

NSPCC FREE Workshops for Parents - we want to help every family in the UK talk about and understand their children's online world and help keep them safe.

Your guide to the social networks your kids use from Net Aware - stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.

What's the problem? - The internet, mobile phones, portable tablets and internet enabled gaming devices have become an integral part of everyday social and working lives. Our children are experiencing the World Wide Web from a young age and although these advances in technology offer a wealth of opportunity, they can also pose risks to our children. This guide is designed to answer some of the immediate questions you may have after learning about something that is happening in your child's online life. This is resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. You can call their helpline on 0808 1000 900 and speak to an operator in complete confidence and anonymity. 

Keeping your under 5s safe online

Whether it's watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa - today's under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online. Click here to read the full article from Think U Know. 

Gaming: What parents and carers need to know

As with any form of technology or online space, adult offenders can use gaming platforms to target children and build relationships with them.  Click here to read the full article from Think U Know.

 

 

 

Social media guides.  Click here to find out more about the safety features available on popular social network sites such at Facebook, Google, Snapchat & WhatsApp

 

Video chat, sharing and streaming apps

Learn more about video apps, the risks children face when using them and what you can do to help keep children safe.

Apps guide for parents

Although child-friendly apps can make using the internet a more accessible and enjoyable experience, the thousands of apps available for different types of people mean it’s important to make sure children use appropriate ones. This guide maps some of the most common apps available and highlights those that might create risky situations for children, such as unintentionally revealing personal information, stranger danger and generating large bills through in-app purchasing.

 

Police reveal 200 slang terms used by teenagers online which parents should know about (07.02.19 taken from Gloucestershire Live)

A huge list of slang online terms used by teenagers has been revealed by police as they urge parents to be aware of what some of the language means.

It's split into three categories - 'warning flags', 'fun terms' and 'terms to keep an eye on'

Police released the 228 total terms that include acronyms, hashtags and abbreviations which may be a "cause for concern".

The said it will allow mums and dads, and guardians, to grasp a better understanding of what is happening under their noses, particularly as rooming has become "easier" in the technological age.

A lot of them will already be know to parents and kids alike, but there will be plenty more that you may never have heard or seen before. click here for list

Cyberbully - Pocket sized book

 

A superbly designed youth user-friendly book covering all aspects of cyberbullying including sexting, online grooming, social networking, abusing personal info etc. An indispensable book produced to help victims and witnesses through various stages from reporting a crime to appearing in court and support. Click here to view C5 Consultancy Ltd catalogue 

 Thinkuknow - How to guides for parents It can seem difficult to keep up-to-date with the technology that children use. Find out much more information and support about digital technologies on this site.


Supporting young people online, information and advice for parents and carers.   

Play Parents v Kids Alexa quiz from O2 & NSPCC

Who knows more about the world of online, parents or kids?

Get the whole family together and take the O2 NSPCC Parents v Kids quiz.  See who knows the most about the online worlds, and learn a bit more about staying safe.

Click here to visit the website.

 

Sharing pictures of your children online

Most parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family.  But remember - pictures you share online could be out there forever.  Learn how to protect your children whilst staying social. Click here to read the full article from Think U Know.

 

 Live streaming: responding to the risks

 

 

 

Live streaming is a popular feature of logs of apps & platforms.  By understanding the risks of live streaming you can help your child to stay safe whey they are online. Click here to read the full article from Think U Know.

Using parental controls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do parental controls do?  There controls are designed to help parents and carers manage their child's online activities.  Click here to read the full article.

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