Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Digital Friendships Report

There is some excellent commentary and analysis about how young people use and feel about the use of social media. It really helps those of us who are less comfortable with the use of online world to build and maintain relationships. You can read the review here.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Being in control

One of the themes of the upcoming Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 6 February is the idea that a safer internet comes from being in control of what you post and who you are in contact with. But what happens when you lose control and events spiral out of control. There is some fantastic advice on the SWGL website about a range of esafety topics and of particular note is this particularly focused guide to support young people who have been tricked into behaviours that place them at risk.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Live streaming apps

You may have seen the recent BBC report with regard to Live streaming apps such as Periscope run by Twitter. While such reports always have to be viewed in context it is a reminder to us all that we can find ourselves under pressure to behave on line in ways that we would not be comfortable with. The very sensible guidance about video chat use here applies to these live streaming apps and should be followed.

Keeping esafe over the Christmas Break

Christmas is an exciting time and many of us will be giving or receiving technology on Christmas Day. Whether it a new tablet, smartphone or gaming package it is very important that we ensure we support our excitement with these top festive esafety tips here.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Social media advice

Do you or members of your family have a passion for social media. If the answer is 'yes' then are you sure they are aware that there are a number of steps they can take to keep themselves safe. Check out the guidance here and why not have a family help session where you help each other to keep safe when socialising online.

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.