Online Safety - Parents/Carers
From Thrive Academy Parents Workshop
Children Copy what they see
Model what you expect is possible
Phone free zone
Dinner table and board games sessions
Create a family charging station
All devices visible
Timer for games
Limit screen time
Take the same interest in the online world as the offline world
Spend time online together as a family
Take time to gain an understanding about the websites, games and Apps they use
Building children’s trust
Need to offer support and be careful not to overreact
Also consider your own online behaviours – children notice how adults act and follow their lead
Enabling positive communication
Have regular and informed conversations with your child about their online world and to agree and set some boundaries – as they would in other situations Important to get the balance of activities right
Agree times that your child can go online and what they can do
TEAM (Talk, Explore, Agree, Manage)
Using the technical tools
Parental Controls on home Wi-Fi, devices and search engines to filter content
Privacy Settings – children show know how to block and report. Turn off geo-location data
Limiting spending and password protection
Help and Support
Information on popular apps https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Help for broaching challenging subjects
Help and support to keep your child safe online
Tips and advice https://www.internetmatters.org/
Online safety messages and check facility https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
‘Experts in digital family life’ https://parentzone.org.uk/home
Be Internet Awesome
EA TikTok Guide For Parents & Carers
Parental Control Apps (Screen Time)
Family Link (Android)
Apple Screen Time (Apple)
Quostodia (All Platforms)
Safer Schools NI App
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are delighted to invite you to download our new Safer Schools NI App, provided to your school by the Department of Education and INEQE Safeguarding Group. (Downloaded Safer Schools last year? This new and updated App replaces it!)
Did you know?
92% of children in Northern Ireland use video sharing platforms, with 53% using social media and 65% accessing messaging apps (Ofcom, 2020). If your child hasn’t already been using these platforms, they soon will be! Therefore, it's more important than ever to be aware of how to keep your child safe.
How will the Safer Schools NI App help you?
Provides you with easy-to-follow steps on how to make your home and devices safer in the ‘Need-to-Know' section. It’s a great place to start!
Keeps you up to date with the current online trends, threats, and risks to your child. This information is sent directly to your device!
Delivers the information you need to know on social media and gaming platforms, helping you understand the latest buzzwords and how to set privacy and parental settings on platforms like Among Us, Minecraft and TikTok.
Offers expert guidance to help you navigate important issues such as bullying, mental health and healthy relationships. Giving you practical tips on how to approach these conversations with your children.
Gives you access to your school’s latest news, updated policies, and calendar all within your App.
The Online Safety section will signpost you to help and support where you need it when you need it – it's in your pocket!
To download and login to your Safer Schools NI App, follow the steps that have been emailed out! Make sure to enable your push notifications when prompted to keep up to date with the latest safeguarding alerts and your school news.