Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Understanding the complexities of our childrens online lives.

Our people operate in ever more complex social circles using a range of online platforms. Much of this interaction is positive but can remain closed and seen by young people as not something they wish to discuss with adults. This is a problem when those online relationships breakdown or bring about negative consequences as our young people do not see the adults around them as having any useful advice to give. There is interesting and supportive advice linked from this article from BT to help us to establish stronger connections with young people so they are more likely to approach us when their problems occur through social media interaction.

Do you have questions about technology?

The range of technology through which we can access the internet can be bewildering and the straightforward advice from the Safer Internet Centre can be a really useful starting point to getting to grips with keeping yourself and the rest of the family safe with technology.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

Gaming consoles can be a great way to interact with friends but it is important that the technology is used safely. The Nintendo Switch console has a number of features to support this. Click here for further information.
For information with regard to parental controls on a number of devices please see the guidance here.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 and concerns

A popular app where  users create a 15-second music video and choose the music from a song list. They are then shared online. The app has no minimum age for users, and most people make their videos public to get followers.
While many people use this app with no problem at all, as with all online content we have to be on our guard for those people who wish to make inappropriate contact with us. has encouraged parents to closely monitor their child's account, and to report any suspicious activity, as well as having an open dialogue about staying safe online. This follows an incident involving a pupil at a Bristol primary school where they were sent graphic sexually explicit  messages using this app

Considering screentime

In our ever connected world the challenge of maintaining a perspective on the amount of time we spend interacting online is an increasing topic for debate. This excellent article from our friends at South West Grid For Learning presents a thoughtful discussion of screentime.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Are you using your social network safely?

Remember to think very seriously about how you use your social networks. Nothing is private on the internet and you need to consider your online behaviour in the same way that you consider your behaviour in the real world. Please see the guidance here to help you manage your online reputation and if you are concerned that someone you know who may be sexting then encourage them to watch the video linked here.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Social Networking

Are you confused by your Instagrams and your Snapchat, really puzzled by Yo and confused by Periscope. Find out what makes these social networking sites tick by clicking this guidance here. Each entry has a link which will help you to ensure that you use these sites securely and responsibly. 
Parents, are you social networking securely? Ask your son or daughter for help as part of a shared conversation into 

Remember to always think before you post when social networking and regardless of your security settings. If you would not be happy for the whole world to view what you write or the images you post don’t put it online. If you would like support with your on-line identity see some of the earlier posts on this blog or raise a specific request via the RGS Whisper service