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Live My Digital: Learning about digital living, together

The Girls’ day School Trust has created ‘Live My Digital’, a unique video series to help parents help their children to stay safe online. The series consists of six short films for parents and six matching films for children to empower families to use social media safely and responsibly.

The videos look at the ways in which the internet and digital technology can be used positively by young people as well as identifying the potential issues they may face. The most critical themes in online safety today are covered including:

  • Cyberbullying
  • The digital footprint
  • Identity and self-esteem
  • Relationships and grooming
  • Security and privacy
  • Sexting

We hope that the films, together with the downloadable online safety factsheets, will help encourage and support open discussions in your family about how to enjoy the online environment whilst staying safe.

You can access the videos here: www.gdst.net/livemydigital

Parent Info – Pokemon Go

You can read the parents’ guide to Pokémon Go here.

Net aware: Parents review kids’ social networks, apps & games

Netaware is a parents’ guide to the social media children and young people use. You can search for specific apps or you can browse an A-Z of popular apps to find out about them. This is an excellent resource in order to help you keep up to date with the latest social media apps and keep your child safe in today’s digital world.  Visit the site by clicking on the link below:

www.net-aware.org.uk/

NSPCC – SEXTING – Advice for parents

‘Sexting’ is an increasingly common activity among children and young people, where they share inappropriate or explicit images online or through mobile phones. It can also refer to written messages.

As a parent, it is important to understand the risks so that you can talk to your child about how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.

Download the leaflet

 

NSPCC – Share Aware Campaign

A new NSPCC campaign has just been launched which provides parents with straightforward, no nonsense advice on how to keep their children safe when online.

There are 4 really helpful sections:

Net Aware  – a no-nonsense guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use

Share Aware  – parent’s guide on how to talk to children about staying safe online.

Talking Tips – tips on how to start a conversation with your child about online safety.

Online Safety Advice – for parents about keeping their child safer online

The NSPCC has created a new online guide to help inform parents about the risks of different social networking sites used by children.

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