E-safety tips for a safe Christmas

Dear Parent/Carer,

As Christmas is getting closer, children and young people all over the country will be writing lists to Santa or giving hints about what they would like under the tree.

Technology is now a very popular item on many children’s lists with tablets, smartphones, game consoles and smartwatches likely to be asked for this year.

Whilst we want children to enjoy their presents, it is also important that parents look at ways to ensure that their children use these devices safely. 

This includes setting parental controls and understanding that video games have PEGI ratings similar to the classification for films.

Other things that you may want to consider is managing screen time so that you can monitor the amount of time being spent on each device and set boundaries such as not letting your child take the device into their rooms at bedtime as this can affect their sleep.

Finally, make sure that you find time to talk to your children about online safety.

Below are some useful websites and information and we have also attached some further leaflets to support you:

A parent guide to being social online this winter

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/parents-guide-being-social-online/

Parental controls

PEGI Games Ratings

https://pegi.info/page/tips-parents

Apps - Your guide to apps, games and social media sites 

https://www.net-aware.org.uk

Home filtering

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider

Talking To Children

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

Password

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEmF3Iylvr4

Digital Sunset

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/jocelyn-brewer/set-a-digital-sunset-for-_b_8444132.html

Screen Time

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/screen-time/how-much-screen-time-is-ok-for-my-kids

Stranger Danger

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Don’t Share Personal Information

https://www.bbc.com/ownit

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